Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, senior PAT leader, has said that there is democracy in a name only in Pakistan. He said that the oppressed and the poor have to face a strong reaction from the state institutions on their demand for justice. He said that the PAT workers were subjected to brutal and bloody treatment at D-chowk during the intervening night of August 30 and 31 when they asked for justice in the Model Town tragedy. He said that the Nawaz Sharif government liberally sprayed bullets at and shelled the peaceful workers, an inhuman and oppressive act that led to the martyrdom of many workers and causing serious injuries to dozens of them. He said that Imran Khan, the prime minister of today, was part of the protest and when the bullets were rained, he and his workers too were targeted. He said that it was the PAT workers who protected him, a fact he acknowledged in a television interview and thanked the PAT for saving him.
Khurram Nawaz Gandapur said that the workers who got injured on that unfortunate night seven years ago still await justice. He said that the shells of the expired gas were thrown at the workers on the orders of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif and straight bullets were fired at them. He said that dozens of fake FIRs were registered, one of which was a so-called PTV attack case. He said that the Nawaz Sharif gang is instigating its workers to revolt and bring the national institutions into disrepute just to protect their corruption.
PAT leader said that the PAT workers rendered sacrifices in man and material against the oppression and brutality of the elite, adding that it was due to these sacrifices that Nawaz Sharif and his cohorts were exposed and humiliated. He said that the institutions should be so much strong and effective that no government is able to interfere in their basic function. He said that we want to see them develop so that the people do not have to take to the streets to demand justice.
Khurram Nawaz Gandapur said that we pay our rich homage to the workers who bravely faced the government's brutality on the intervening night of August 30 and 31. He said that we ask PM Imran Khan to withdraw the fake cases registered against the PAT workers during the PMLN government's tenure.