PAT, PPP blame govt for minor’s murder

LAHORE: The people of Kasur are grieved over brutal killing of an eight-year-old innocent girl and such an incident could also occur in other cities.

The entire nation has to stand united against rulers and the system which has failed to provide justice.

This was stated by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) General Secretary Khurram Nawaz Gandapur as he addressed a news conference organised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan on Thursday.

He said PAT decided to launch an agitation campaign against tyrant rulers from Wednesday (December 17) and would continue till these leaders stepped down. He asked the people of Pakistan to join the PAT movement against rulers to provide justice to the families of Model Town victims.

Gandapur alleged that instead of taking action against culprits, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif tried to influence the rape victim’s family. He pointed out that Punjab government deputed a corrupt police officer in Kasur on the orders of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah.

He asked all participants of the conference to organise a gathering in which only suggestions would be presented to counter such incidents. He underscored the need for the entire nation to unite over different issues caused by the “negligence of the corrupt rulers”.

Awami Raj Party Chief Jamshed Dasti said there was a need to stay united against corrupt rulers. “The parliament and assemblies have no function to address public issues under the current system.

The entire system is being run on the wishes of a single person, the prime minister. I have been struggling to make things right through the parliament, but have lost confidence in the system.”

Meanwhile, speaking to journalists, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Central Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira strongly condemned the Kasur incident. He said several incidents of a similar nature had been reported in the area, but the government did not pay attention to the matter. “This was a natural reaction on the part of the people of Kasur, but police mishandled the situation and opened fire on unarmed locals.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2018.

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