Culprits of Model Town tragedy will be brought to justice: minister


LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that the FIR of Model Town incident has been lodged and those found responsible of this incident will be brought to justice. Talking to the media personnel on Wednesday, the outspoken minister said that the provincial government did not direct the police to launch any operation against PTA workers; rather, a cleanup operation was launched on the residents’ complaints against barriers set up by a local institution. He said Gullu Butt is not a PML-N worker and the police have arrested him for his wrong deeds. Sanaullah said that Tahir ul Qadri would be welcomed by the government if he remained calm and did not provoke his workers, as he did the other day. He said Qadri would be provided security and taken to his residence. “But the government would not allow his followers to gather at the Islamabad international airport, to avoid chaos and unrest in the most sensitive area of the capital,” he added. Sanaullah said that the Punjab chief minister had already taken strict notice of the violent clashes in Model Town and a case was instituted against workers of Pakistan Awami Tehrik who fired at and pelted stones on police personnel, injuring them. He said the government was bound to protect the life and property of citizens and it would not allow “a few persons to take the entire country hostage”. To a question, Sanaullah said that a large quantity of weapons was recovered from the secretariat of Pakistan Awami Tehrik. “Twenty-nine police officials were under treatment in different hospitals; two of them in a critical condition,” he added. The minister reiterated the government’s resolve to establish its writ at any cost. He said action would be taken against people who took law into their hands. He said that the road blockades outside Qadri’s house were being removed on the complaints filed by the residents of Model Town. He said barriers outside Qadri’s house and party secretariat were removed after the government received information from intelligence agencies about the presence of armed men in the area. 

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