Model Town moot gives ultimatum to govt

LAHORE – Leaders of 40 political parties of various shades of opinion Saturday gathered here and demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan resign within a week, for their alleged role in Model Town killings.

If the two PML-N leaders did not quit until January 7, a 16-member steering committee would chalk out the future course of action, stated a unanimous resolution adopted by the participants of a multi-party conference (MPC) hosted by PAT at its headquarters.

The MPC also appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo moto notice of the brutal killing of 14 activists of Pakistan Awami Tehreek in a police operation in 2014.

It also asked the CJP to set up a joint investigation team (JIT) to find the truth in the light of two FIRs already registered by the police. Also, they said, a judge of the apex court should be designated to monitor the entire process.

Although the participant parties of the MPC are said to be 40 in number but only around a dozen of them wield visible political influence while the rest are just paper tigers.

The conference, which continued for almost five hours, was opened by PAT Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri with a hard-hitting welcome address wherein he bashed the PML-N government.

The 10-point resolution adopted by the MPC called Model Town tragedy one of the worst incidents of state terrorism, alleging that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, Rana Sana, some bureaucrats and police men were directly involved in it.

It also held the PML-N leadership responsible for changing affidavit on the finality of the prophet-hood and declared it an attempt to attack on the basic faith of millions of Pakistan’s Muslims. The conference demanded exposing the names of people involved in changing affidavit and giving them exemplary punishment.

The resolution said the 14 people killed in Model Town were not only the workers of PAT but also the Pakistani citizens. Hence, it read, getting justice for the families of victims were not only responsibility of PAT but of every political party. The participants took ownership of all future struggle to get justice on the incident occurred in June 2014.

The resolution read the publication of Justice Ali Baqar Najafi Report on Model Town incident only after a struggle of more than three years was a proof that presence of Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sana in power corridors was a big hurdle in the way of justice. It also noted that no accused from among the bureaucrats and police officers named in the FIRs had so far been arrested, which was another proof that the government was main hurdle in provision of justice to victim families.

Therefore, the conference demanded resignations of Shehbaz and Sana and all the officers named in the FIRs until January 7. In case the demand is not met, the steering committee will announce launch of a protest movement the same day.

The resolution also demanded Senate of Pakistan and provincial assemblies to pass a resolution in favour of Punjab CM and law minister’s resignation, holding both of them directly responsible for the killings.

It rejected the investigations carried out by the two separate JITs on Model Town incident formed by the Punjab government, saying the investigations had no credibility as the witnesses had not appeared before these teams.

So, the conference demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan form a new JIT and appoint a judge of the Supreme Court to supervise the investigation process.

The resolution said the provision of justice to victim families would set an example that powerful people cannot escape justice after committing crime against the weak.

The resolution declared the Sharifs (Nawaz and Shehbaz) corrupt and held them directly responsible for the Model Town incident. It said the people of Pakistan now will not tolerate any kind of extra-judicial relief or NRO for them.

PPP’s Qamar Zaman Kaira and Sardar Latif Khosa, PTI’s Shafqat Mahmood and Aleem Khan, Awami Muslim League’s Sheikh Rasheed, PML-Q’s Kamil Ali Aga and Ch Zaheerudin, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Liaqat Baloch, Majlise Wahdatul Muslimeen’s Nasir Sherazi, Pak Sar Zameen Party’s Raza Haroon, Muslim Conference’s Sardar Attique Khan, Sunni Ittehad Council’s Sahibzada Hamid Raza and Balochistan National Party’s Syed Ehsan Shah were appointed members of the steering committee while Mian Manzor Watoo of PPP, Jahangir Tareen of PTI and Khurram Nawaz Gandapur of PAT will act as coordinators.

Members from legal community, traders and student organisations also participated in the conference.

 

 

Model Town moot gives ultimatum to govt

 

IFTIKHAR ALAM

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