Model Town FIR a prerequisite to talks: Qadri

* PAT chief says no one will be able to get justice until PM Nawaz, CM Shahbaz are in power


ISLAMABAD: Defending his stance not to resume the stalled peace talks with the government, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Saturday told his followers meaningful talks with the PML-N government couldn’t be held until a first information report (FIR) was registered against those responsible for Model Town killings of party workers in June. 
“No one will be able to get justice till the time PM Nawaz Sharif and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif are in power,” the fiery cleric told his followers in an emotional way. “Shahbaz Sharif is actually running the country, and he is the real (defacto) premier of the country. Why has he (Shahbaz) paid 200 visits to Islamabad during the last 14 months since coming to power,” Qadri questioned.
 A late night speech of Dr Qadri however sent alarm bells ringing across his followers who had assembled near his container. He told the marchers that terrorists had entered the federal capital especially in Red Zone areas, according to some reports. He advised the participants of “Inqalab March” to stand up and recite ‘Azan’ seven times to prevent possible security threats. The followers did so with religious fervour and devotion, with budging an inch away from the sight of their high cleric.  
Qadri alleged that the Model Town tragedy in which 14 PAT workers were killed occurred with the consent of the Sharif brothers. Dr Qadri vowed to hold rulers accountable for ‘killings’, vowing regime would have to be answerable for each of his worker killed. He said despite the order of a judge, FIR was not registered even after passing of seven long days. 
Meanwhile, addressing his die hard party workers and devotees on Saturday afternoon at Constitutional Avenue following a meeting with a delegation of lawyers, an emotional looking Tahirul Qadri said legislation was not only meant for writing a book (Constitution) as it demanded implementation. He said constitution was enacted to act accordingly, and deliver to the countrymen. He said his struggle was completely legal, constitutional and democratic and masses must take part in it. Dr Qadri said people were the real heir of this land, while the members of the parliament were their servants, and the state was responsible for protecting lives and properties of the inhabitants of the land. “Neither state has given them (people) protection nor the parliamentarians have protected them,” he contended. According to Qadri, neither lives nor properties of the people were safe and protected. The government had besieged the protest camp at the Constitution Avenue, and not allowing anyone to enter or exit from the place, he claimed.
Raising voice against the interpretation of constitution, a firebrand Tahirul Qadri said everyone in the country used to translate the constitution according to own wishes. He said constitution was not just a piece of paper. He said that nobody should interpret the constitution according to his own will. He said that nations speak through its constitution, and it was not something that anyone could interpret without proper knowledge. Dr. Qadri said that people of Pakistan have not yet been able to achieve the ideals of equal distribution of wealth, justice and right to information. He said that people vote for their representatives to power, and exercise their right under the Article 5 of the constitution in order to elect their representatives. “ It is duty of the elected representatives to serve their electorate,” he urged.
Later in the late hours of Saturday, Dr Tahirul Qadri delivered a short speech and told the marchers about the information that terrorists had entered in the federal capital especially in Red Zone areas. He advised the participants of ‘Inqalab’ march to stand up and recite ‘Azan’ seven times to prevent possible security threats. 

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