Tehreek-e-Hazara rejects Judicial Commission Report

ABBOTTABAD – The central leadership of Tehreek-e-Hazara has strongly rejected the findings of Judicial Commission with reference to April 12 protests wherein as many as 13 persons lost their lives when they were demanding formation of Hazara province.

The Commission’s report, which has been bitterly criticised in the political and public circles of Hazara, held responsible the public, local administration, police and political leadership for violence on April 12. The report says that the protestors were killed as result of ‘cross firing’ between them and police. On the other hand, the Tehreek leaders say they fail to understand the ‘cross firing’ phenomenon when all the deceased were protestors and not a single policeman lost his life.

Quaid-e-Tehreek-e-Hazara Sardar Haider Zaman termed the April 12 killings as an event that exposed the malafide intentions of Awami National Party’s provincial government. “13 protestors killed but not a single policeman died and yet it was a cross firing case! Does it make any sense? Those who lost their lives were totally unarmed and helpless.
The ANP government, their ‘touts’ in local administration, and PML-N, all of them are responsible for the killings,” he said.

Zaman said that local administration imposed section 144 in the city while the Peshawar police wrecked havoc by killing 13 innocent protestors. He slammed the role of Nawaz Sharif who had called a ‘party convention’ the same day (April 12) to add fuel to fire. “All of them were in a malicious nexus to sabotage the peaceful movement,” he added categorically rejecting the Commission’s findings that accuse people and local political leadership towards violence on the eve of April 12 protests.

Senior Central Leader Tehreek-e-Hazara Gohar Ayub Khan said that 6 to 8 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) were sent to Abbottabad by the provincial government on April 12 only to suppress the peaceful protests. “What was the need of imposing section 144 on April 12 when our protests were peaceful right from the start of the Movement since April 1? They fired 1500 bullets, 13 people lost their lives, 250 got injured and now they say that people are responsible?” he deplored.

Gohar termed the April 12 incident as a recall to the infamous Jallianwala Bagh tragedy that had taken place before partition. He said that Nawaz Sharif was equally responsible for the bloodshed. According to Gohar, special police contingents were called from Swabi, Charsada and Peshawar to kill innocent people.

Central Organiser Hazara Action Committee Sardar Sheraz Afzal said that general public as well as Tehreek’s leadership had repeatedly demanded to include a Supreme Court Judge and members of Abbottabad Bar Council in the Judicial Commission but the Government did not paid any heed to their demands.

“We already knew about the findings of this Judicial Commission. We are waiting for Chief Justice to take suo moto action on April 12 killings, the justice could be served only then,” he added.

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