LAHORE - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) workers separately held protest demonstration on Saturday against re-induction of Rana Sanaullah as law minister in provincial cabinet and JIT report on Model Town incident.

Led by Opposition leader Mehmoodur Rasheed, the PTI MPAs staged sit-in outside Punjab assembly while the PAT workers held protests in Okara and Haroonabad.

A PAT spokesperson said the protests would continue in all cities till mid of June. He said the PAT chairman would announce party’s line of action on arrival from Canada in next month. He quoted party chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri as demanding a formation of new joint investigation team consisting of honest officers or the killing of innocent workers should be probed by the Scotland Yard.

“We have no problem if courts give clean chit to our accused. But until then the re-appointment of Rana Sana as minister is a joke with the families of Pakistan Awami Tehrik  martyrs and it is like the putting salt on their injuries,” said Dr Qadri.

By appointing a person nominated in a murder FIR as minister proved that the Punjab government has had no consideration for the law and it had no for the democratic or moral norms, he added.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MPAs during a sit-in at front of Punjab assembly also announced to hold protest against the government act in budget session scheduled to be held on June 12. Their protest was joined by the PTI workers by holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the inclusion of Rana Sanaullah in the provincial cabinet.

Speaking on occasion, Mehmoodur Rasheed rejected the Joint Investigation Team  report on the Model Town incident and demanded of the government for making public the Justice Baqar Ali Najafi Commission Report on the incident. He said the joint investigation report on the incident was one-sided and in clear violation of merit.

PTI MPAs Mian Aslam Iqbal, Murad Ras, Dr Nausheen Hamid, Malik Ahmed Khan, Sadia Sohail and other participated and addressed on the occasion. They vowed to continue protest during budget session in Punjab assembly and said they could not sit with a person accused in murder FIR and given clean chit in a one side inquiry report.

Sana stepped down after being coming under fire by the opposition parties over Model Town massacre that claimed the lives of more than two dozen workers of Pakistan Awami Tehrik when their  leader Tahirul Qardri announced war for public rights.