Pakistan-born Canadian politician Tahir-ul-Qadri has warned the government of street protests if his party Pakistan Awami Tehrik is denied of justice in the 2014 Model Town case.
The case, more commonly known as the Model Town tragedy or the Lahore massacre, was a violent clash that took place between the Punjab Police and his party activists on June 17 resulting in death of several protesters in police gunfire. The standoff lasted for almost 11 hours.
Dr Qadri’s warning came on Saturday as the politician, whose critics accused him of being a front for the army and that he was acting to disrupt the democratic process back in 2013, told a party legal team, “Our innocent workers were killed at the behest of the rulers on June 17 two years ago and we are still waiting for justice.
Over 200 million people are not subject of the rulers, and justice will make its way out itself.”
But he sounded quite confident as he told his audience that the Panama papers leaks and Model Town cases would definitely yield results.
The head of the case legal team, Rai Bashir Ahmad, who is a lawyer, then briefed the party founder about the latest developments in the case, saying the next hearing would be on Monday (July 11) where more injured and witnesses would record their statements in the court.
The meeting also remembered philanthropist and humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi who died at the age of 88. His family confirmed his death on Friday at a medical centre in Karachi where he had been having treatment for weeks.