Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said on Tuesday that the Panama Papers verdict against Nawaz Sharif is revenge for the Model Town ‘massacre’.
He was addressing the media after landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport from Doha, Qatar.
“I will announce my future course of action at Nasir Bagh,” he said, referring to the culmination of the rally he is leading from the airport today.
Referring to his address at a rally in December 2012 at Minar-e-Pakistan, where he had stated that as long as Article 62 of the Constitution is not invoked, corruption cannot be eliminated from across the country, Qadri said: “Thank God after four years, article 62 has spoken”.
He challenged Nawaz to name the ‘conspirators’ against him so all is clear in front of the public. “Who are you [Nawaz] protesting against,” wondered Qadri, adding that the ‘GT Road party’ will be buried on the GT Road.
He also paid rich tributes to the ‘Model Town martyrs’. In June 2014, around 14 PAT activists were killed in police action against the party’s offices in Lahore’s Model Town locality.
Scores of PAT supporters had gathered in and outside the airport to welcome the spiritual leader while police were deployed to ensure any untoward incident does not take place.
The PAT chief, known for his anti-Nawaz stance, is expected to lead a rally from the airport along Mall Road to Nasir Bagh, where he will address workers.
Qadri had allied himself with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) during its 2014 protest ‘sit-in’ against the government in Islamabad but later the two parties went their separate ways.
A case has also been registered against the two leaders on charges of destroying public property during the sit-in.
However, PTI chief Imran Khan still refers to Qadri as the party’s ‘political cousin’.