LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri continued contacting politicians on Saturday to muster support for an all-parties conference organised by him on the issue of killings of his supporters in the Model Town incident.
Qadri held a telephonic conversation with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and invited him for attending the conference, to be held today. He told Altaf that the APC is being held over the incident that occurred on June 17 in Model Town, which claimed 12 lives. He said all the political parties of the country have been invited to attend the conference.
Both the leaders discussed the overall political scenario of the country and agreed on the need to bring the culprits of Model Town incident to justice through a high-level inquiry.
The MQM chief extended his sympathies to Dr Qadri over the loss of lives of his party workers and supporters.
Separately, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) head Maulana Samiul Haq has refused to be part of the APC.
JUI-S spokesman Maulana Asim Makhdoom said that his party condemns the Model Town incident but will not take part in Qadri’s APC as ‘it has no clear agenda’.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) said that its local leadership will participate in the conference.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also decided to participate in the APC.
PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi-led three-member delegation would participate in the moot. Opposition leader in Punjab assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed and PTI Punjab chief Ijaz Chaudhry will be the part of the delegation.
The Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) refused to attend the conference.
ANP leader Zahid Khan said Qadri did not believe in the constitution or democracy. PPP leader Farhatullah Babar said his party has decided to stay away from the conference.
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