Shehbaz, Sanaullah ready to issue sworn statements regarding Model Town incident


LAHORE: Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah have said that they are ready to issue their sworn statements in regards to the Model Town incident and clear any misunderstandings, as reported by a private media outlet.

There has been an increase in calls for the resignation of the CM and the law minister after the release of the Model Town commission report.

The provincial government maintains that the incident was not preplanned, the channel reports.

The law minister said that he had recorded his statement under oath that the tragedy was an incident and was not done due to prior planning, adding that the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri was also responsible for the incident as it was him who motivated the workers to indulge in the conflict.

He further confirmed that he had met PAT leader Khurram Nawaz Gandapur in 2015 and 2016.

He said that the provincial government has always asked PAT to let the matter reach its logical conclusion according to the law.

Delegations of major political parties on Saturday gathered at the Minhajul Quran Secretariat to attend an All Parties Conference led by PAT over the Model Town incident inquiry report.

After meeting Qadri on Friday, PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari had said the PPP will abide by the decisions taken in the conference.

The Punjab government made the report for the Model Town incident public on December 5.

The report termed the 2014 tragedy in Lahore’s Model Town as the “most unfortunate incident” in the country’s history.