Sialvi to hold Khatm-e-Nabuwwat conf today, big announcement expected

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Sialvi to hold Khatm-e-Nabuwwat conf today, big announcement expected

FAISALABAD: Another crucial day for embattled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led government as Pir of Sial Sharif Muhammad Hameeduddin is expected to make a big announcement concerning resignations of Punjab government top officials in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat conference today (Sunday) at Dhobi Ghat ground here.

The conference is likely to be attended by caretakers of various eminent shrines across the country who may pledge support to the spiritual leader and his campaign against the culprits of Model Town tragedy.

The Pir is expected to demand the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah in the conference after release of Model Town inquiry report into killings of 14 Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) activists.

A spokesperson of Sial Sharif shrine claimed participation of numerous caretakers of shrines, besides chairmen and councillors of union councils in the conference today, to call for immediate resignation of the Punjab law minister.

The spokesperson vowed to step up their campaign over non-fulfillment of their prime demand.

The PML-N government has been facing pressure from opposition parties calling for immediate resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah over Model Town tragedy which claimed 14 lives of PAT activists.

Earlier this week, former president Asif Ali Zardari and PAT chief Tahirul Qadri unanimously demanded resignation from Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif over the Model Town incident.

Expressing support to PAT, Zardari threatened to take to streets and launch a campaign against Shehbaz, if he did not resign after Baqar Najfi report made public.

“We equally share grief of heirs of the victims and the PAT. Such an incident has never been witnessed in Pakistan,” Zardari said while talking to media in a joint press conference with Qadri.

On other hand, a six-member delegation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also held a meeting with Qadri and vowed the party support to his campaign .
At least 14 people died in the Model Town tragedy or the Lahore massacre on 17 June 2014.

Punjab government on Tuesday released the report of the judicial inquiry carried out into the 2014 Model Town incident hours after larger bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the government to release the report regarding the incident which left at least 14 people dead and several others injured.

Amongst other conclusions, the report said that Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif did not pass the “disengagement” order as he claimed before the judicial commission. It also maintained that the operation planned and designed under the then Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah “could have easily been avoided” and that the “police officers actively participated in the massacre”.

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