Tahirul Qadri, Imran Khan’s closeness hints conspiracy against state: Maryam


Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) Chief Tahirul Qadri’s closeness indicates that a conspiracy is being hatched against the state.

“Qadri and Imran’s closeness indicates that a conspiracy is being hatched against the state, democracy, and government,” the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader tweeted.

“Conspirators don’t have an agenda for the nation,” she wrote. “They are brought together, through a conspiracy, to create unrest, but the people understand these tactics.”

She further stated that the PTI chief’s biggest defeat was his identity as a “conspirator” and “pawn” and not a political and democratic leader.

Earlier on Tuesday, Imran had reiterated his support for Qadri and his party in pursuing justice in the Model Town case.

“I came here today with my team to reassure PAT and Qadri that our party and the people of Pakistan are with them,” the PTI chief had said while addressing a joint news conference alongside the PAT chief. “Whatever decision PAT takes, PTI will stand alongside it.”

Imran had added that the tragedy of Model Town is not only PAT’s issue, but it is an issue for the people of Pakistan and criticised Nawaz, saying the latter was brought to the forefront by a dictator but is worse as “they are a mafia”.

“They tried their best to hide what they did in Model Town.”

Imran had also alleged that the Punjab police works on the orders of the Sharif family and are on their “beck and call”.

The PTI chief, referring to the movement announced by the former prime minister, said he is waiting for the campaign to start and added that “Nawaz can never start a movement”.

Speaking at the news conference while sitting beside Imran, Qadri welcomed the support and said the PTI chief has stood by him and has fought the case as his own.

“Imran has jointly struggled with us and has stood by us throughout,” Qadri had said. “The connection between PTI and PAT is very strong and our 2014 sit-in was a proof of that.”

Referring to the upcoming All Parties Conference called by PAT, Qadri said the future course of action will be announced after the conference.

Elaborating on the Model Town tragedy, Qadri had claimed the former prime minister, Nawaz, also played a part in the episode.

“I am sure that the bloodshed could not have happened without Nawaz Sharif’s agreement, orders from [Punjab CM} Shehbaz Sharif and execution by [Punjab Law Minister] Rana Sanauulah.”

The PAT chief had further claimed that the Punjab chief minister never gave the order to pull back the police forces.