ISLAMABAD: Rejecting rumours that the PAT was calling off its sit-in, Tahirul Qadri said Wednesday that “we will not move from here unless this government is ousted from power”. Talking to the participants of his sit-in, Qadri said that “he would neither cave in to tyranny and oppression nor compromise”. He reiterated that the PAT would not back off from its demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. “I reject rumours that we are calling off our sit-in,” he maintained.
The PAT leader said that Monday’s attack on the PTV was carried out by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and responsibility lies with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the federal ministers. He claimed that PML-N’s trained “Gullu Butts”, a reference to a ruffian said to be a PML-N worker who vandalised public property during a clash between police and Minhajul Quran workers in Lahore, were responsible for the attack. The PAT leader also threatened the opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah to watch himself otherwise things may get out of hand.
“Your party has been accused of breaking up Pakistan into two,” Qadri said to Shah. “Shah is giving patronage to terrorists in Sindh.” Qadri also requested the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Zardari to tell Khursheed Shah to watch his tongue. “I was president of Awami Ittehad and PPP carried out its struggle under my leadership, Benazir was member of Minhajul Quran” he claimed.
He asked who is Khursheed Shah to raise fingers over them being democratic. “PPP may not like my criticism, but it needs to shut up opposition leader Khursheed Shah,” he said. “I ask Shah to hold his tongue otherwise I will expose the PPP.”
He said that the PPP leaders Aitzaz Ahsan, Lateef Khosa and Qamar Zaman Kaira also expressed difference of opinion with PAT, but they never used foul language.
Qadri questioned why those mentioned in the FIR in the Model Town incident haven’t been arrested as yet. “Their names should be placed on the ECL,” he demanded. Qadri has said that the judicial commission has declared CM Shahbaz Sharif to be responsible of the Model Town carnage and if this is a democratic government then it must present the commission’s report in the parliament today (Thursday). He said that people criticize us and say there are only a few thousand people present at the sit-in, adding, “I ask them to release our 25000 workers and to remove blockades, I will show them a gathering of millions within three days”.
The PAT chief also shown the pictures of PML-N attacked on parliament house, supreme court building and also in president house in various occasions. He also claimed that he had a lot of evidence of undemocratic steps taken by the PML-N in the past and will show more next day. Lashing out at the PkMAP chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Dr Tahirul Qadri said when the Quaid-e-Azam Residency was bombed in Ziarat, his party’s secretary general had said, “Today we have erased a symbol of imperialism” and inquired him, “Do you consider Muhammad Ali Jinnah a symbol of imperialism”.
The PAT chief urged residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to send toys and books for children. Qadri requested Sheikh Rasheed to appeal the people of the twin cities to take care of the needs of the participants at the sit-in, especially the children and to provide them necessary items.
Qadri asked his workers to vacate parliament lawn till today (Thursday) adding that Supreme Court has asked Sheik Rashid Ahmad to request sit-in to vacate the parliament premises. Qadri said that the PAT and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf were united in their battle. He asked Imran Khan “to become coach as he wants to play cricket”.