Qadri rejects judicial commission, asks judges to stay away

PAT chief calls inquiry an eye-wash to cover ‘state-terrorism’

KARACHI – Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri has rejected the judicial commission and said that no one from his party will cooperate with the state-made inquiry body and would not record their statement.

Addressing a news conference via video-link from Canada, he said that the judicial commission was an eye-wash to provide cover to ‘state-terrorism.’ He called the Tuesday’s incident at the Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) secretariat and his residence Al-Qadria in Model Town as ‘state-terrorism.’

Through media channels, everyone witnessed from where bullets were being fired, he said, adding that MQI security guards did not fire a single bullet. Dr Qadri said that bullets were fired upon his residence in Lahore and the electricity connections to his house had been severed, which have not been restored.

He said that the prime minister, chief minister, provincial police chief, and certain ministers were behind what he termed ‘premeditated murder.’ He further said that those officers who were involved in the incident were the same ones who prepared the FIR. He said that they have not lodged any FIR as they were the victims.

He appealed to the judges of the Lahore High Court to distance themselves from the inquiry commission.

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