LAHORE: A case has been registered against Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri on the charge of inciting violence.
According to reports, the case was lodged in the Data Darbar Police Station under Sections 506 and 121 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of a citizen named Khursheed Ahmad. Yet another FIR against the Canadian national cleric has reportedly been registered at Faisal Town police station on the same charges. However, the police denied registering any FIR against him in Faisal Town police station. In this regard, Qadri said that the police had registered a case against him on the complaint of a citizen but that they had not registered a case against those who were involved in Model Town incident in which 14 people, including two women, were killed and 100 others were injured because of firing.
On the other hand, sources said that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has served an income tax notice of Rs 35 million on Qadri. About this notice, the cleric said that the Federal Investigation Agency had cleared him in the money-laundering probe. He said that he had received income tax notice of Rs 77 million and not Rs 35 million. Qadri said that Nawaz Sharif had himself asked police not to accept illegal orders during the governor’s rule. In a separate statement, MQM leader Nadeem Nusrat advised the Punjab government to refrain from implicating Qadri in any case. Meanwhile, Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashhood confirmed that a citizen had filed a complaint against Qadri for inciting violence. He said that no action was initiated by the government.
According to a private TV channel, the decision to lodge a complaint against the PAT chief was taken during a meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and attended by senior leaders of the party. During the meeting the Punjab Law Department was directed to review the speech delivered by Qadri on Sunday in Lahore during which he had allegedly made illegal statements and incited people to attack policemen. The PAT chief had allegedly asked his workers to attack security forces and kill 15 policemen in retaliation for the death of 15 party workers in the June 17 Model Town incident.
Tahirul Qadri had on Tuesday 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.
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