It has been almost a week since the Model Town Massacre. The official death toll has now reached 15 with more injured succumbing to their injuries every day. Whereas as many as 17 dead bodies are still missing and hundreds have been injured. One fails to understand why the Punjab Police didn`t use non lethal means to disperse the protestors. They could have used tear gas and water canons, but it seems as if the Punjab Police didn`t even try to negotiate with the officials of Minhaj ul Quran. Instead Punjab Police indiscriminately fired upon protestors and tortured them afterwards.
Police from 15 different stations was called through out the day to attack Minhaj ul Quran, one has to ask a question here, an operation against an NGO which holds a special consultative status by UN cannot be ordered by an SP or SHO. An operation of such a large scale cannot be executed by the approval of highest authority in this case CM Punjab Shahbaz Shareef and PM Pakistan Nawaz Shareef.
The details of the operation are so inhumane and gruesome that one cannot prevent their tears from flowing uncontrollably. Women were shot at point blank range, elderly were pulled by their beards, students were beaten into a pulp by the brave officers of Punjab police and last but certainly not the least, public property was left at the mercy of notorious Shahid alias Gullu Butt.
The entire 200-300 yard area in front of Dr. Qadri`s home was littered with bodies. What is even more unnerving is that Police took to the roof tops of neighbouring houses and fired straight shots into Dr.Qadri`s home targeting the upper rooms.
This eliminates the false claim of government that it came to remove barriers. If barriers were the real reason for the entire operation then there was no need, I repeat no need at all to send snipers and shoot at the upper rooms of Dr. Qadri`s home.
17th June Massacre has painted the entire Punjab Police force with black slime which will be very difficult to remove. SP rank officers were involved in the cold blooded murder of women and elderly.
Following are the names which we have been able to gather.
Mohammad Nawaz Shareef
Mohammad Shahbaz Shareef
Khwaja Mohammad Asif
Khwaja Saad Rafique
Abid Sher Ali
Police Officers who carried out the orders:
Punjab Police Inspector General Mushtaq Ahmad Sokhera
CCPO Lahore Chaudhry Shafiq Gujjar
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar
Superintendent of Police Model Town division Tariq Aziz Sindhu
Lahore SP (Security) Salman Ali Khan
SHO Faisal Town Rizwan Qadir
SP Kashif (Need more details)
Civilians who were involved
Chief Secretary Punjab (Name?)
Home Secretary (Name?)
Principle Secretary CM Punjab – Dr Tauqeer Shah
Shahid Butt alias Gullu Butt – Police tout .
This SP rank officer was caught live on camera giving instruction to his troops to take over Minhaj ul Quran. His exact words were
“Idara take over karein”
This proves that the police had directions from higher civil administration to take over Minhaj ul Quran, why? To teach them a lesson, to scare them before Dr. Qadri`s arrival.
Is this how democratic governments are run? Current political leaders unfortunately claim to be champions of democracy but none of them has the mental capacity to realise the fact that Pakistan lacks the basic pre- requisites of a democracy. A democracy is a system where a journalist can disagree with the president and continue his objective reporting without any fear of state oppression against him, democracy is a system where you have freedom of expression, where you are simply not taken out because you tend to disagree with your superiors. Whereas in Pakistan if you disagree, they`ll get you beaten up, if you hold religious differences , they`ll have you killed in a genocide and if you hold political differences you`ll be subject to brutal state terrorism.
The entire system of Pakistan is based on corrupt values, democracy is just a cover used by the politicians and corrupt in power to legitimise their wrong doing. In order for democracy to flourish we must first remove the system which itself is the anathema of democracy. We need to instil values of patience and tolerance, then only will we be able to experience true democracy. Till then this great resilient nation must keep fighting, why? Because if they give up then something worse than the corrupt ruler is waiting. Regional turmoil has reached its peak and ISIS is becoming a major game changer in the region, if the people of Pakistan do not mend their ways and install a new system, the current system will collapse creating an ideal play ground for ISIS and their like minded forces to wreck havoc.
by Danial Ahmed
Team Operation Pakistan