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Ex-IG Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera indicted in Model Town case

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Tuesday indicted former Punjab police chief Mushtaq Sukhera in a case pertaining to the Model Town carnage. The ex-IG Punjab pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the charges against him. The judge adjourned the hearing until tomorrow (Wednesday) and summoned prosecution witnesses to record their testimonies. At the outset of the hearing, Mr Sukhera requested the ATC judge to put off the proceedings of the framing of charges against him for a week and refused to…

PAT chief wants new JIT to probe Model Town carnage

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Saturday showed up before a Supreme Court bench as it took up a case related to the Model Town carnage. The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a petition filed by Bisma, one of the affectees of the Model Town incident, at the apex court’s Lahore registry. The PAT chief pleaded the bench to constitute a new joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the Model Town incident afresh. He contended that it is…

Tahirul Qadri asks PM Khan to keep his word

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri arrived in Lahore from Istanbul early Wednesday morning.  He landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport where a large number of PAT workers greeted him by showering rose petals. Speaking to media at the airport, the PAT chief said Prime Minister Imran Khan had struggled along with him for provision of justice to the victims of the Model Town incident for four years. He asked the prime minister to honour the promise he had made with regard to the…

Model Town affectees boycott proceedings after witness slapped in court

LAHORE: Affectees of the 2014 Model Town massacre on Thursday boycotted court proceedings after one of their witnesses was slapped inside the court by the defence counsel, ARY News reported. According to ARY News correspondent, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) which was hearing the case saw a defence counsel slapping one of the affectees named Mohsin Rasool in the courtroom prompting the others to leave the court in protest.  The affectees, their counsels and witnesses not only left the court in protest but have also…

PAT will not take part in elections, announces Dr Tahirul Qadri

LAHORE: Dr Tahirul Qadri-led Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Saturday announced to refrain from participation in the upcoming general elections scheduled on July 25. “We were never a part of this system trampling rights of people,” said Mr. Qadri while announcing his party decision to desist from taking part in the elections at a press conference. When asked if the PAT was boycotting elections, the PAT chief responded: “I didn’t use the word boycott.” He said his party couldn’t be part of the system involved in…

WATCH: Cat gently pats bird’s head in heart-warming video

It’s often seen that a cat, in most parts of the world, will not be the best of friends with a little birdie. For humans, cats might seem adorable balls of fur and birds chirpy little ones, but cut to the animal kingdom, cats are the ferocious giants these squeaky, feathered little souls are generally seen saving themselves from. Unlike the umpteen number of cute animal videos that are generally found doing the rounds on the Internet, this video of a cat patting the head of a bird peacefully has stunned users on the…

Those demanding resignations have themselves resigned: Maryam Nawaz

LAHORE: Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, reacted to the protest of several political parties in Lahore's Mall Road calling for justice over the Model Town incident. In a series of tweets, she mocked the poltical gathering saying it had failed miserable and was not even able to fill up the 'empty seats' and that the people have rejected such political antics. "These empty chairs are proof that the people endorse the viewpoint of Nawaz Sharif, that conspirators should wait till 2018 and…

All Parties Protest: Opposition lashes out at Sharifs, Sheikh Rasheed announces resignation from NA

LAHORE: Major opposition parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) demanded justice for the 2014 Model Town Massacre victims from the same stage in a protest rally organised by Tahirul Qadri-led Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), ARY News reported. The movement is aimed at mounting pressure on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah to resign for their alleged role in the incident. The day saw rivals PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PTI chief Imran…

Imran Khan will not share stage with Zadari, says PTI spokesman

ISLAMABAD: As several political parties start a protest movement on Wednesday against the Model Town incident, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan will not be sharing the stage with Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. Addressing a press conference, PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said several political parties will come out in support of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahir-ul-Qadri for justice in the brazen Model Town incident in which innocent civilians were openly fired upon.…

Model Town incident: Committee meets today to decide future strategy

LAHORE: With the deadline set for the resignations of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah for their alleged role in Model Town incident, expired on Sunday, the steering committee formed at the Pakistan Awami Tehreek-led (PAT) multiparty conference is slated to meet today. The steering committee will finalize the protest strategy to press for the resignations of the PML-N leaders. On December 30, the multi-party conference convened by the Dr Tahirul Qadri-led PAT had set January 7 for…