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A view of National Assembly session. — File photo by APP
A view of National Assembly session. — File photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties in the National Assembly on Thursday demanded the government to withdraw the FIRs registered against Dr Hussain Mohiuddin, the son of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and his followers over the Model Town incident.

Commenting on a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah, belonging to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), said that the government had failed to adopt the political strategy to handle the situation in Lahore.

“The government played the role of Gullu Butt in Lahore incident,” he said.

Shah said that the PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri also organised a huge protest against the PPP government during its last tenure in Islamabad but the party leadership dealt with Dr Qadri by adopting the political strategy of reconciliation with the support of its coalition parties.

He also said that it is the constitutional right of the people to protest peacefully while the loss of precious lives in Lahore incident was a big failure of a democratic government.

The opposition leader also demanded the government to cancel the FIR lodged against the son of Dr Tahirul Qadri and his followers.

Shah also assured the National Assembly that the opposition would not allow anyone to derail the democratic system in the country and added that it will support the government to safeguard democracy.

Later, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qurshi also criticised the government's step to register FIR against the PAT workers.

He said that the government should take strict action against the culprits while it should cancel the FIR against 3000 workers of the PAT.

Pakhtunkhawa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mahmood Khan Achakzai said that the judicial commission was set up to probe the Lahore incident had become controversial and the government should set up a judicial commission which should consist of the j udges of the Supreme Court.

Later, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said the prime minister and chief minister Punjab have taken strict notice of the Lahore incident and stern action will be taken against the culprits in light of the investigation report of the judicial commission.

He said that all political forces should be on same page to expose hidden hands behind the activities against the democracy.

Comments (6) Closed

khuma Jun 19, 2014 09:03pm

Mr Shah is playing dual role to defuse the burning issue of the Lahore incident.

Shahpur Jun 19, 2014 09:12pm

Good, they take all this dirty laundry in courts. They take Dr. Qadri to courts and Dr. Qadri take them also in the courts. Let us see where is the middle class Pakistanis, and what they will do now.

Javed Rahman Jun 19, 2014 09:40pm

To withdraw cases the court will decide

Malveros Jun 19, 2014 10:47pm

TUQ a person who has no stakes in Parliament, runs a non-political NGO is trying to bring a revolution by instigating innocent people against the state. He should be held fully responsible for the deaths of innocent people.

nawaz Jun 20, 2014 01:51am

What these Mullahs want to do with this country. Any one know? We pray to God to bring them on right path and let the people of this country solve other important issues facing this country.

Husain Jan Jun 20, 2014 09:28am

The demand to withdraw cases against law offenders does not hold ground in any way. Justice requires that offenders on both sides - the Qadri workers and also police - should be taken to task.