Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri announced on Monday a countrywide protest movement against the ruling PML-N government from January 17.
The decision came a day after PAT-led APC deadline for the resignations of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, who were accused of Model Town tragedy, expired.
At least 14 people died and 85 others were injured in a clash between police and PAT workers over the issue of barriers erected outside the Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Lahore in June of 2014.
“The deadline has ended but the demands have not been met,” Qadri said while announcing the protests. “Now we won’t ask for the resignations; we will take them forcefully.”
He went on to add, “These protests will continue until the ruling government steps down.”
The PAT chief said that the an action committee has been formed to oversee the decisions relating to the protest, and it will hold its first meeting on January 11. According to him, rulers’ involvement in loot and plundered needed to be reined in.
Earlier, the APC had formed a steering committee and empowered it to convene a meeting on January 8 to formulate a course of action if Sharif and Sanaullah do not resign by January 7.
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