Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday vowed to reveal killers of MQM MNA Tahira Asif and Balochistan MPA Hendry Masih on Saturday – the day he dubbed as ‘one nation day’ to mark a month of anti-government protests. Speaking to participants of his party’s Azadi sit-in at D-Chowk, he said he will reveal names of two members of National Assembly and a police officer who he alleged were behind the killings.
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MNA Tahira Asif of MQM and minority MPA Hendry Masih of National Party were gunned down in Lahore and Quetta earlier in June respectively. MQM chief Altaf Hussain had claimed that the attack on the MQM lawmaker was a planned conspiracy, adding that police was trying to portray the incident as a mugging attempt.
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During today’s speech, PTI Chairman Khan reiterated his stance of carrying on with the protests until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri have been protesting in front of the parliament to force resignation of Prime Minister Sharif over alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections won by his PML-N party and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif over the Model Town incident.
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Several rounds of talks have failed to resolve the over three-week-long crisis as protesters want nothing less than Sharif’s ouster and fresh polls. The government has ruled out prime minister’s resignation and proposed a judicial commission to probe into the alleged rigging while Sharif has shown willingness to resign if the charges against him are proved.