LAHORE - As Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Tahirul Qadri is going to lead a sit-in on The Mall to mourn the Model Town massacre, he has asked traders to continue with their business.

Fourteen followers of Qadri were killed in a clash with police on June 17, 2014 at his Model Town headquarters. The PAT chief blamed the massacre on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

He landed the homeland from Canada two days ago to address his supporters at the commemorating sit-in.

“I guarantee you will do a good business tomorrow (today) and no PAT workers will create any disturbance. In case of any untoward incident, I will pay for the damages,” Qadri said in a message to traders yesterday.

The government deployed 2,000 cops to maintain law and order while the PAT also planned security by its own squad.

Qadri is expected to make some major announcements about his strategy to get justice done.

A party leader told The Nation: “Dr Sahib will demand making public the Judicial Inquiry Report on Model Town Incident and he will ask the Punjab government to give the copies of two Joint Investigation Teams’ reports to the PAT.

The party leader said: “He (Qadri) will give a deadline to the government for providing justice to the victims and announce countrywide protest if the rulers refuse to budge. He will demand trial by a military court.”

The PAT chief had telephonic contacts and meetings with leaders of some opposition parties to invite them to the protest.

According to a statement, Qadri talked to JI chief Sirajul Haq on phone and invited the latter to sit-in. Later, he held meeting with PTI leader Ch Sarwar and PML-Q delegation led by former minister Mian Imran Masood.

“The JI chief assured us of his support. Siraj sahib said his party delegation will participate in the sit-in. The PTI and PML-Q have already announced joining in,” PAT spokesperson Noorullah Siddiqui said.

He said 15,000 chairs were placed for women and elders and mats were laid in the centre of the road for young workers.

“We installed big screens and speakers for the participants who start arriving Lahore from across the country to listen their leader (Dr Qadri),” he added. Noorullah said the sit-in will start after Iftar (7pm) and will continue till Sehr (4am). He said the delegations of all opposition parties will participate in the protest.