Dr. Tahir ul Qadri the chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has announced protests throughout Pakistan starting from January 17th, 2018. The protests are against ruling party in Pakistan, PML-N. This protest is because PAT-led APC deadline has ended. It demanded the resignations of Shehbaz Sharif the Punjab Chief Minister and Rana Sanaullah Law Minister. They were accused of the Model Town tragedy.
In June 2014 a clash between the police and PAT workers caused the death of 14 people while 85 were injured.
Qadri said, “The deadline has ended but the demands have not been met. Now we won’t ask for the resignations; we will take them forcefully. They will have to resign. It is no longer just about resignations but the end of PML-N governments wherever they are.”
He added, “These protests will continue until the ruling government steps down.”
PAT chief informed that an action committee will be developed to look at the decisions causing the protest. The first will be held on January 11th.
Before this APC developed a committee to develop a course of action if Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah do not resign by January 8th, 2018.
In Model Town incident in 2014 many lives were lost. The Punjab government was ordered to release the Justice Baqir Najifi commission report on the Model Town incident. On December 5th, 2017, they released the report under the orders of Lahore High Court. Then on December 30th PAT-led, All Parties Conference demanded resignations of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and all those involved in Model Town incident.
. The response of PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry over Qadri’s demand for the protest was that it will be an embarrassment for Qadri himself. He said, “Qadri has always tried to put the government down from somewhere or the other.”