KHARIAN - Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri claimed that at least 40 to 50 people were martyred in the Model Town massacre by the Punjab government on June 17. However, the police personnel whisked away 30 to 40 bodies to hide its crime.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, PAT Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said that later on the bodies were delivered to the bereaved families and were browbeaten into keeping mum. “The police forced the families to silently accept its “version” that these people were killed in ‘roadside accidents,” he alleged.

“I question as to where the Constitution is, as State terrorism and repression has been taken to its pinnacle. In contrast, the Constitution entitles everyone to live peacefully,” the PAT chief said.

Dr Qadri questioned that how the police could carried out a 14-hour-long sanguinary operation without the consent of the Chief Minister. He asserted that the Inqlab march demanded Qisas for the martyrs.

“We demand accountability in this regard, through the Constitution and through the law,” he added.

The people of Pakistan, he remarked, seek revenge of their economic murder, adding, “We want the implementation of the rights of the poor.”

The PAT chief asked if the government’s behaviour was in consonance with the Constitution, adding the registration of an FIR was a right of the bereaved families.

The Inqilab march, he asserted, was progressing by the grace of Allah, and that the successful march was a testimony to the fact that people had spurned the prevalent system.

Sit-in to go on till PM’s

resignation: Sh Rashid

Awami Muslim League (AML) Chairman Sheikh Rashid has said that their sit-in will continue till the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“A sea of people is with PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the sit-in in the capital will continue till PM Nawaz Sharif tenders resignation,” he declared and accused the rulers want to wrap up  democracy.

Talking to the media men here Friday en route the Azadi march, he alleged that police were patronizing the attacks as people pelted stones and resorted to aerial firing from the police van. “Imran Khan’s container was attacked upon four times,” he claimed.

Sh Rashid warned that situation was going from bad to worse as the police had become glum spectator and paying no heed to the rowdy PML-N workers.