Catch me if you can: Qadri asks Nawaz government

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London: Dr Tahirul Qadri, patron of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), said today that the Nawaz government couldn’t dare to arrest him.

Talking to journalists, Qadri said that he was ready to be arrested 100 times but the government would not dare to take such a step. He said that no power on earth could stop him from returning to Pakistan.

The cleric again dismissed the notion that he had travelled abroad as a result of a deal with the government. “Is declaring me a proclaimed offender part of the deal?” he questioned. PAT chief added he would continue his visit to Europe, North America and other countries as part of his international commitments relating to Minhajul Quran and his party.

Qadri dismissed the allegations that his party organized an attack on the parliament and state-run Pakistan Television headquarters in Islamabad. Instead, he alleged, these attacks were planned by the government itself. Referring to Model Town tragedy, Qadri said that his party had rejected the joint investigative team constituted by the Punjab government. Qadri again appealed to the army chief to intervene to provide justice to the victims. He urged Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to use his influence to get a free, fair and impartial investigation team appointed to probe the Model Town incident.

Qadri said that it is not the first time that the army has been called to investigate a killing, noting that over the killing of four sessions and civil judges, who were murdered inside the Sialkot jail, the chief justice of the Lahore High Court had requested the Pakistan Army to help appoint an impartial investigation team to investigate the killings. He said the aggrieved family had apprehensions that as police was involved hence justice could not be served, only then did the Pakistan Army intervene and appoint a serving colonel, Col Mufti Zareen Bakhat, to investigate the Sialkot judges’ killing incident.

PAT chief is expected to arrive in Pakistan on November 20.