PPP's Zardari to meet PAT's Tahirul Qadri today

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

"After this report, he (Shehbaz) stands condemned".

"Enough is enough. Nawaz Sharif's brother Shehbaz also has to resign and come in front of the court", Zardari said. "We have no issue in forging an alliance with Dr Sahib, [and] for this we only need his [Qadri's] nod", Zardari remarked. Now we will not tolerate Shehbaz. "We are willing to do all that is necessary - within the ambit of the law, that our constitution allows - to ensure our demands are met", he said, a day after calling on his supporters to "prepare" his container for another sit-in.

The PAT chief alleged the entire operation had been conducted under the supervision of Rana Sanaullah.

The report further stated that Zardari has contacted the PAT chief to discuss the Justice Baqir Najafi commission on the 2014 Model Town incident.

When asked why Zahid Hamid was made to resign as federal law minister on the demand of a religious pressure group, he rejected this impression. We understand this was the reason that retired chief justice Khalilur Rehman Khan, who was appointed to ascertain the facts and fix responsibility on the basis of evidence gathered by the Najafi Commission, had suggested the provincial government not to accept the report and also advised it against making the report public - a large extent of which is based on source reports and secondary evidence not admissible in courts. PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid and Majlise Wahdatul Muslimeen head Raja Nasir Abbas have already assured Qadri of their support. "We will join Qadri, if he protests to seek justice", Khan said.

Asked if the PPP and PAT could make an electoral alliance, the PPP leader said leaders of both parties had so far discussed only the Model Town massacre and the situation emerged in Muslim world after U.S. acceptance of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"There is nothing new about the meeting and the two parties have been in contact previously too", said the opposition leader in the National Assembly.

He repeated before the media the important points of the Model Town report in which the tribunal pointed fingers at Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Shahbaz Sharif.

Even as both the leaders say they've always been on the same page - more specifically about Qadri's stance on 2014 killings in Lahore's Model Town - this unexpected alliance also appears unnatural, keeping the past events in mind.

Zardari's support for PAT comes after PTI chairman Imran Khan's announcement of joining hands with Dr Qadri to oust Punjab CM and law minister Rana Sanaullah.

Long before nobody could have imagined the height of police brutality in the heart of Punjab's capital city, when hundreds of cops opened live fire on PAT protesters near Minhajul Quran Secretariat, Dr. Qadri took a huge rally of thousands of his ultra-devoted followers towards Islamabad.