LAHORE: The police on Wednesday charged Hussain Mohiuddin, the son of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, and 3,000 party workers for terrorism, besides registering a case against them under a number of sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, over Tuesday’s clashes wherein at least 12 PAT workers, including two women, were killed and more than hundred injured, several of whom are still in the ICU of the Jinnah Hospital.
Mohiuddin was declared main suspect of the violence in the FIR No 510/14, registered on the complaint of Faisal Town SHO Rizwan Qadir under sections PPC B13/20/65, AO13/20/65, 506/B, 291/427, 149/290, 186/148, 324/353, 302/34, 109 and Section 7 of the ATA.
The FIR states that the SHO (complainant) along with other police officials reached the residence of Dr Tahirul Qadri to remove the illegal barriers where he found at least 40 to 50 armed PAT workers who forcibly interrupted the TMO team in removal of barricades. Police tried to negotiate, only to receive threats by the accused, according to the FIR. In the meantime Tahirul Qadri’s son Hussain Mohiuddin reached the scene and also summoned his other workers and students. Initially around150 to 200 armed PAT workers reached the spot and started fighting with policemen.
Police requested them several times to not create hurdles in the official work but the workers started firing, throwing tear gas shells and pelted police with stones. An SP, a DSP and other police officials received severe bullet and other wounds, according to the FIR. Due to firing of PAT worker Altaf Hussain some policemen and other PAT workers including Asim Kambho and Shazia Murtaza received bullet wounds and later both succumbed to injuries at Jinnah Hospital. Weapons were also recovered from the arrested persons, the FIR says.
Separately, Faisal Town police also registered a case against PML-N activist Gullu Butt alias Sher-e-Lahore under sections PPC 353/186 and 506/427 on the complaint of sub-inspector Safdar Abbas of the same police station. Police arrested Butt who told the investigators that he got infuriated after PAT workers opened fire at police. However, he didn’t say anything about why he ‘commanded’ a police party to attack the PAT secretariat.
At Jinnah Hospital, suspended SP of Model Town Tariq Aziz and two other police officers were seen sitting in the room of the medical superintendent and allegedly forcing him to convert minor injuries received by the policemen into bullet wounds in the final medical report. Some media persons expressed their scepticism before PMLQ leader Kamil Ali Agha.
The PMLQ leader and the journalists forcibly opened the door and found suspended Model Town SP Tariq Aziz, DSP Aftab Puhlarwan and Sohail, who introduced himself as an officer of establishment in Islamabad, sitting there with the MS. The all police officials immediately ‘fled’, without answering to the questions by the journalists.
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