Accused in Model Town Massacre Appointed DPO Sargodha Upon PTI Request: Moonis Elahi

DPO Sargodha Tariq Aziz

In a shocking move, the PML-Q government in Punjab has appointed one of the accused police officers in the Model Town massacre case as DPO Sargodha.

In a notification issued on August 10, Muhammad Tariq Aziz was appointed as the new District Police Officer (DPO) Sargodha.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) came under fire after the notification went viral on social media. In the past, PTI Chief Imran Khan had been a strong critic of those involved in the Model Town massacre.

Following the appointment of Tariq Aziz as DPO Sargodha, Punjab CM Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi was also criticised. However, his son, Moonis Elahi, clarified that the appointment was made upon the ‘special  request of PTI parliamentarians.

In 2020, Dr. Tahir ul Qadri had lashed out at the former PM Imran Khan for appointing the officials involved in Model Town massacre “on even higher ranks during his own governance.” And now, the same has been repeated once again.

The PTI chief, while in opposition, had regularly talked and demanded justice for the victims of the police brutality. In 2014, Imran Khan in a tweet had said: “Had those responsible 4 Model Town been punished, attacks by police in Isl against unarmed ppl & media wld not have happened.”

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