PAT-led APC deadline for Shehbaz, Sanaullah’s resignations ends today

Important announcement are expected on Monday as a deadline given by the opposition parties for the resignations of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah over Model Town carnage ends on Sunday.

The deadline was given by an All Parties Conference (APC) hosted by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on December 30 over the aforementioned officials’ alleged involvement in the killing of 14 workers of the party in a clash with police in June 2014.

The steering committee of the APC is likely to announce a future strategy on the matter when its members meet on Monday, Express News reported.

The committee was formed and empowered to convene a meeting on January 8 (tomorrow) to formulate a course of action if Sharif and Sanaullah did not resign by today.

Sources said that the option of a country-wide protest movement including simultaneous sit-ins in different cities including Lahore was being considered by the opposition parties.

The nature of protest movement and its schedule are also likely to be announced after tomorrow’s meeting, they added.

Qadri’s APC discusses Model Town incident, Nawaz Sharif disqualification

Meanwhile, PAT Secretary General Khurram Nawaz Gandapur has initiated contacting leaders of several opposition parties for Monday’s meeting.

During the December 30 APC, a resolution was passed stating that the Model Town massacre was the worst example of state terrorism, in which the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership – including deposed premier Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz and Sanaullah – bureaucrats and police officers were involved.

At least 14 people had died and nearly 100 suffered bullet wounds during the police action carried out to remove barriers from a road near the PAT headquarters in Lahore.

Representatives of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Awami Muslim League, Pakistan Muslim League, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pak Sarzameen Party, Muslim Conference, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami and others including Jahangir Tareen, Mian Manzoor Wattoo, Sheikh Rashid and Liaquat Baloch were included in the 18-member steering committee.

Sources say PPP, PTI, PML-Q, AML and PSP agree to join the coalition that aims at holding early elections

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