LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri has claimed that the Punjab government is using “dirty tactics” to bar his party workers from arriving in Lahore in connection with the “Yaum-e-Shuhada” which his faction will observe on August 10 to pay tribute to those killed in Lahore’s Model Town clash.
“Authorities are forcefully getting bookings of our busses cancelled, licences of drivers and bus stops are also being cancelled as part of crackdown which Punjab government has launched to bar our workers,” Qadri said while speaking at a press conference alongside PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. “The provincial government is using its dirty tactics despite our assurance that our protest will remain peaceful,” he said.
Qadri said the August 10 rally is solely meant to mourn the victims of the Model Town tragedy and that his party would conduct meetings after the event to announce their plans for “Youm-e-Inqiliab”. He assured his supporters and the government that the rally on August 10 would be peaceful and requested his followers to bring their prayer mats for recitation of the holy Quran. “Our main aim is to bring a peaceful revolution,” Qadri said. The PAT chief went on to slam the government for accusing him of terrorist activities.
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