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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday telephoned Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and assured him that justice will be served to the victims of the 2014 Model Town incident.
The two discussed the situation in the backdrop of Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict.
The premier and PAT chief spoke via telephone a day after the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected a petition to summon former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif in the Model Town case.
He reiterated his resolve that those responsible for the ruthless murder of innocent workers of the PAT in Model Town, Lahore would get justice.
Recalling the bloody day of June 17 2014, he asked if “ants, not humans were killed. The world had witnessed atrocities of Police through media. He demanded the summoning of real perpetrators behind the incident.
The prime minister said that the PTI government was committed to ensure provision of justice for all and said there would be no compromise on it.
On the occasion, the PAT chief discussed the latest developments related to the Model Town massacre following the verdict of the LHC that rejected request of the PAT to summon 12 parliamentarians including deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif in the case.
“We cannot allow those who killed innocent civilians to escape justice,” the premier was quoting as telling the PAT chief.
“We will not any compromise on the implementation of law,” he added.
Vowing to bring all those involved in the incident before the courts without any discrimination, PM Imran said, “Immediate justice in civil and criminal cases is one of the top priorities of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.”
PAT chief in response said, “PM Imran has given a ray of hope to the families of the Model Town victims.”
Dr Qadri was appreciative of the assurance of prime minister for justice in the case and said he has rekindled hope amongst the families of the victims. He said the families of those who lost their loved ones would be grateful to the prime minister if justice is done.
On Wednesday, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri had announced to challenge Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict pertaining to Model Town Case in the Supreme Court.
Reacting to the LHC’s verdict, he said how would justice be served without summoning the master minds of Model Town incident. He said the powerful is as powerful as he was and justice is still weak as “servants were summoned in the case, not their owners”.
Thanking the premier, Qadri said, “PM Imran’s vision for upholding the law is commendable.”
At least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured in police action against Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers in Lahore’s Model Town area during an ‘anti-encroachment operation’ on June 17, 2014.