Nation must rise against dishonest rulers, Qadri tells PAT-led sit-in

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LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said on Wednesday that he doesn’t intend to break the law or take an unconstitutional step, but rather seeks justice for the martyrs of the Model Town tragedy.

The PAT and other opposition parties are staging a show of power against the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), particularly demanding that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah resign over their alleged role in the 2014 killings of Qadri’s political workers.

At least 14 PAT workers were killed in June 2014 in police action against encroachments outside the Minhajul Quran headquarters.
“We have gathered here to save the country from the inhuman rulers,” Qadri told supporters at the Model Town rally in Lahore. “I have come here to awaken the nation against the suppression of human rights and loot and plunder of national wealth,” he added.

The PAT chief went on to liken deposed premier Nawaz Sharif with Sheikh Mujib, who is seen as the main culprit behind the separation of East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. “The country is under threat from the Sheikh Mujib of this era.”

The ruler have violated and transgressed the Constitution, he added. Qadri, however, added that PAT didn’t support any unconstitutional step and only wanted to expose the tyranny of the rulers.

“We vow to provide peace to the people and not snatch it from them, he remarked.

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