ISLAMABAD - Activists of Pakistan Awami Tehreek yesterday staged a symbolic sit-in at D-Chowk Islamabad to protest against killings of their party workers by state machinery last year.

Party activists from Rawalpindi and Islamabad gathered at D-Chowk in a large number. They held placards and banners demanding arrests of the killers of Model Town incident in Lahore and the D-Chowk incident of Islamabad on June 17 and August 30 of 2014 respectively.

Led by party’s Secretary General Khuram Nawaz Ghandapur and Brig (r) Mushtaq Ahmad, participants chanted slogans against the federal and Punjab governments, particularly Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif.

Brig (r) Mushtaq Ahmad read out the message of the party chief Tahirul Qadari vowing to continue struggle till the removal of, what he termed, cruel leaders who in the name of democracy were playing with lives of innocent people.

He made it loud and clear that the PAT would not make any compromise and would avenge the killings of its party workers. He added that party activists gave their lives in the face of state brutalities in Lahore first and then in Islamabad.

Tahirul Qadri in his message said that they came to Islamabad for justice of the killings of their activists in Model Town but instead rulers killed more party activists on the night of August 30.

He demanded making public the Judicial Commission’s report on Model Town carnage and arrests the responsible.

Other speakers said that they would not sit idle till removal of what they termed, oppressors’ rule in the country.

Speakers paid homage to all those who had joined this struggle on the call of Tahirul Qadri particularly those who gave lives for establishment of true democratic rule of law.

Later demonstrators dispersed peacefully. Heavy contingent of police force was deployed to check any untoward incident as well as to regulate traffic on the city roads.