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    Posted June 19, 2014 by
    Lahore, Pakistan

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    PTI denounces Lahore killings, announces protest in Bahawalpur

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan denounced the deadly clashes between the police and supporters of Tahirul Qadri, and announced to hold a protest against the incident in Bahawalpur on June 27, Express News reported on Tuesday.
    Terming them ‘undemocratic’, Khan lashed out at the Sharif brothers, holding them responsible for the clash between the police and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) supporters that left eight people dead and over 80 injured.
    While addressing the media, Khan asserted that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should resign from his position following the incident.
    He further added that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Rana Sanuallah Khan should also resign, while the IG Punjab should be put behind bars.
    The PTI chief announced he would go to Lahore tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss with his party, as well as other parties, what action to take against the Lahore incident, apart from the protest in Bahawalpur which will be held regardless.
    Khan also took the opportunity to say that the Punjab Police is repeatedly used by the Sharif brothers for wrong purposes, including rigging during the May 11 elections.
    He added that the Punjab government used the police to disrupt the peaceful protest and create fear among protesters to ruin Qadri’s movement.
    The PTI chief said that along with today’s incident, the Bahawalpur rally will also protest against rigging. He clarified he has no plan for a grand alliance so far and only wants results of the four constituencies where he believes rigging had taken place.
    Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) Punjab president Chaudhry Pervez Elahi and Tahirul Qadri’s son held a joint press conference on Tuesday, where the former also condemned the incident.
    He added that such an incident could not have taken place without the orders of the present rulers.
    Earlier, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee announced a day of mourning tomorrow (Wednesday) against the violent clashes.
    MQM leader Farooq Sattar, while speaking to the media in Lahore on Tuesday, stated the actions of the police were “undemocratic and barbaric.”
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