LAHORE – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has announced a day of mourning on Wednesday against violent clashes between the Punjab police and supporters of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) of Dr Tahirul Qadri in Lahore.
Talking to journalists here, MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar said that the actions of the police were undemocratic and barbaric. Condemning the clash, he said that this incident was not a good message from the Punjab government.
MQM Deputy Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui expressing similar sentiments to that of Sattar, stated that the protest of the PAT workers was peaceful. He said that MQM, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Muslim League boycotted the Punjab Assembly in protest against the clash.
PTI Punjab President Ejaz Chaudhry demanded an apology from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. He said that the Punjab government was responsible for this incident and there was no justification for such an incident to take place.
During a press conference, PML Punjab president Pervaiz Elahi remarked that the days of the provincial government were numbered. Condemning the incident, he said that the PAT workers were shot at ruthlessly. “The rulers are playing with the lives of innocent people,” he commented.
Elahi stated that there was no need for a judicial commission everyone knows who ordered the police to open fire. He also said that many of the injured were in critical condition, further stating the death toll may rise. Awami Muslim League (AML) chief MNA Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that the clash in Lahore was an act of oppression, terrorism and barbarism.