PAT-led All Parties Conference to bring major party leaders to Lahore today

Leaders of major political parties will gather today in Lahore to attend an All Parties Conference called by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) over the Model Town incident inquiry report.
Leaders from PSP, PPP, PTI, MQM, PML-Q and other parties will present a joint front against the government in protest of the 2014 incident in which 14 people were killed and scores injured.
PAT chief Tahirul Qadri has stepped up demands for resignation from Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanuallah after the release of the Model Town inquiry report prepared by Justice Baqir Najfi commission.
PTI and PPP have meanwhile assured PAT of support for getting justice for the victims of the incident.
PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said, while addressing a joint press conference with Tahirul Qadri, that the party will abide by all decisions taken in the All Parties Conference scheduled for December 30.
“Shehbaz Sharif will have to step down, cases are registered against Nawaz and Rana Sanaullah will also need to step down,” said Zardari while reiterating his earlier demand.
PTI chief Imran Khan also reiterated his support for the PAT chief on Friday, saying the Model Town incident is a humanitarian issue and he will always support Qadri in raising voice against the injustice.
Pakistan Sarzameen Party chief Mustafa Kamal in a media talk after arriving at Lahore airport today said that those identified as responsible by the Najfi report should be brought to justice.
The report has brought out everything in the open, he added.
“We will see what the agenda of the APC is, and what decisions are made,” Kamal said, adding that he is attending the conference to express solidarity with those who faced brutalities.
The incident on June 17, 2014 claimed lives of at least 14 people and left over 100 others injured during an ‘anti-encroachment operation’ by Punjab Police outside Idara Minhajul Quran in Lahore’s Model Town.
Model Town report
The Punjab government on Lahore High Court’s orders had made the report of the Model Town incident public on December 5.
The inquiry report said that police tried to cover up the facts regarding who gave orders to open fire on protesters.
It added that no legal opinion was sought from the Punjab advocate general prior to the start of the operation.