ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahir ul Qadri on Wednesday asked his workers to vacate the premises of the Parliament House in line with the directive of the Supreme Court.
“All those people who are camping inside the Parliament House move outside the building by tomorrow as ordered by the chief justice of Pakistan,” Qadri directed while addressing Dharna gathering at the red zone. He rejected allegations that his workers had stormed the building of Pakistan Television (PTV).
“We did not attack the PTV, we had no such plan,” he said. He said that some well-trained people had shut down the transmission of PTV under a plan for few minutes. Turning his guns towards the opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah, the PAT chief said that he was patronizing terrorists in Sindh.
He warned him that if he did not stop criticizing the PAT, he would did not stop his tongue, things would go much beyond. “The Pakistan People’s Party may not like my criticism, but it needs to shut up opposition leader Khursheed Shah,” he said. “I ask Khursheed Shah to hold his tongue otherwise I will expose the PPP,”he added.
Qadri said that he gave due respect to the PPP and Asif Ali Zardari and asked the former president to stop Khursheed Shah and others from using unparliamentary language against the PAT. He said that if this was not done he would expose the wrong doing of the PPP and its leaders.
He reiterated that the PAT would not back off from his demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. “We will not move from here unless this government is ousted from power,” he said. Qadri demanded that all those nominated in first information report (FIR) of the Model Town case should be arrested and put on trial.
The accused should be placed on exit-control list (ECL), he stressed. Dr Qadri said that everyone had to right express opposite view point but no one would be allowed to use derogatory language against the PAT and its leaders and workers. He said that Benazir Bhutto remained member of Minhaj-ul-Quran.
He challenged the government to remove all the hurdles, release the arrested workers and then if he failed to gather tens of thousands of people, he would announce the end of Dharna in three days. He rejected the speculations that he would end the sit in and said he would not do so till the resignation of Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister and Shahbaz Sharif as the Punjab chief minister.
The PAT chief asked Sheikh Rasheed and citizens of twin cities to send playing kits including bats and balls so that Imran Khan could train the children in playing cricket and he too would play cricket.