LAHORE: Law Minister Rana Mashhood has announced holding further inquiry into the Model Town incident.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, he criticised Azadi March and Inqilab March and said that the Gujranwala incident was a result of provocative speeches of PTI leaders.
About report of judicial commission on Model Town incident, he said that he was “reviewing” this report. He claimed that the PTI had started its Azadi March with only 2,000 people. “The government has given a free hand to PTI workers although the Lahore High Court (LHC) has ruled against an unconstitutional march and a sit-in in Islamabad,” the minister added.
He asked PTI Chairman Imran Khan to review his demand for prime minister’s resignation and dissolution of the National Assembly. He said that Imran Khan should also have called off his rally to avoid embarrassment.
The minister said that the government had earlier anticipated that the PTI activists would stay in Islamabad for four days. “But given the poor public response, the PTI might not choose to stay in the capital for more than two days,” he added.
He said PAT Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s call for Inqilab March had attracted nearly 8,000 party workers.
He said that Qadri and Imran Khan were unable to agree on who should leave Lahore first. “We have asked them to follow security procedures as there are threats of terrorist activity,” he remarked.
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