LAHORE: Addressing a joint presser after a meeting, Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri on Thursday urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to step down following the Model Town inquiry report. Dr. Qadri said that the recognition of Al-Quds as Israeli capital by the US was not only an issue of the Muslim Ummah but an international problem.
He further said that the Justice Baqir Najafi report had held Shahbaz Sharif responsible for the Model Town tragedy, adding that Rana Sanaullah, the then law minister, wasin charge of the plot. Earlier, former president Asif Ali Zardari arrived at the Minhajul Quran Secretariat for a meeting with Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.
The meeting was also attended by Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, Manzoor Watto, Qamar Zaman Kaira and others. Sources said that prior to the meeting both the leaders had discussed the Najafi Commission report on Model Town tragedy in a phone call, in which Zardari resolved to take the culprits to the task. While confirming themeeting, opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said that the PPP leader is visiting the Minhajul Quran Secretariat on the invitation of Dr Tahirul Qadri. “Enough is enough… Shahbaz hasto resign and appear before the court,” Zardari said.
“After the [Justice Najafi] report, he stands condemned and a condemned person is not capable of being the chief minister of the largest province of Pakistan.” Zardarimade the demand during a joint press conference following a detailed meeting with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Qadri in Lahore. DrQadrihadearliersaidthatthe Najafi report held the Punjab government and especially Law Minister Rana Sanaullah responsible for the 2014 incident, in which 14 PAT workers died and 100 were injured. Former president Zardari said he had discussed the need for the PPP and PAT to work together on Jerusalem issue as well. He said he wanted the United Statesto understand the repercussions of its decision to shift its embassy to Jerusalem.