LAHORE - The Pakistan Awami Tehreek is hosting meeting of all opposition parties at its head office Model Town on July 31.

The Model Town incident, Panama Leaks ToRs and formation of joint strategy by all opposition parties is the three-point agenda of the grand meeting.

PAT chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri will chair the meeting and senior leaders of PPP, PTI, MQM, PML-Q, ANP, Jamaat-e-Islami, Awami Muslim League, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen, Sunni Ittehad Council, JUI-S and others will participate.

Dr Qadri is arriving Lahore today after his short visit to London to host the gathering. He earlier had returned to Pakistan from Canada to address the PAT sit-in on The Mall on second anniversary of Model Town incident. The one day sit-in of June 17 was then postponed following announcement of Dr Qadri to give new line of action to his supporters on July 31.

PAT leaders say Dr Qadri will make important announcement after opposition parties meeting. They say the chairman will make long stay in the country and unite opposition parties to launch a joint protest movement against PML-N government.

“The ToRs could not be finalised even after eight meetings between government and opposition. The ruling party didn’t pay any heed to Parliament and Supreme Court directions on ToRs. Opposition must unite now and take to the streets to overthrow corrupt regime of PML-N. It is the high time for opposition to go to the masses,” said a senior leader of the PAT.    

Dr Qadri’s party already sent invitation to all political and religious parties except Maulana Fazalur Rehman’s JUI-F to attend the meeting. Opposition leader Khurished Shah, PTI central leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Sheikh Rashid and other senior leaders are likely to attend the meeting.

“Model Town incident is at the top agenda of the meeting and we are hopeful to unite all opposition on at least this issue,” PAT spokesperson Noorullah Siddiqui told The Nation.

“The families of victims failed to get justice even after two years of the tragedy. We did many efforts in the past to get justice and this time want launch movement by taking on board all opposition parties. If they (opposition parties) will not support us on the issue then PAT alone will continue its struggle and at least will not be blamed to make solo flight,” he added.

14 PAT workers were killed and dozens received injuries in a clash with police on June 2014. PAT directly blamed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif for the killing of its workers and termed the tragedy as one of worst incidents of human rights violation in the country.