No politicking on human tragedy: minister

Pervaiz calls APC’s participants remnants of dictator

ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said on Sunday that there should be no politicking on the Model Town incident which was actually a human tragedy.

The participants of so-called all parties conference (APC) on the issue were the remnants of dictator Pervez Musharraf and creating problems in Pakistan to save him, he said while talking to various television channels.

The minister said they were only doing politics on dead bodies as they had no other issue. He assured that those involved in the Model Town tragedy would be brought to book at all costs. The Punjab government asked its law minister to tender resignation to ensure a free and fair inquiry into the incident, he added.

Pervaiz questioned that whether (former deputy prime minister) Parvez Elahi asked his brother (Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain), the then interior minister, to resign after Lal Masjid incident. He said most of the APC leaders did not believe in law and the constitution.

“Did they ever demand a resignation from Musharraf, the then president, after Lal Masjid and May 12, 2007 tragedies,” he questioned. He said there was no harm in reconstitution of the judicial commission probing the Model Town incident, if law permitted, but he believed that the Pakistan Awami Tehreek would continue protest as this was their sole objective.

The minister said that the government would implement recommendations of the judicial commission in letter and spirit, while a joint investigation team was also working. About meeting with former president Asif Ali Zardari, he said meetings among politicians and with political leadership were a routine matter.

He said that Asif Zardari was a former president and head of the largest opposition political party. However, he said that no formal schedule was finalised for such a meeting with Asif Zardari.

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