Dr Tahirul Qadri gives a speech during his meeting with supporters in Lahore June 23, 2014. – Reuters Photo
Dr Tahirul Qadri gives a speech during his meeting with supporters in Lahore June 23, 2014. – Reuters Photo
Dr Tahirul Qadri flashes victory sign as he arrives to visit his supporters, who were injured during clashes with the police last week, at a hospital in Lahore June 23, 2014. – Reuters Photo
Dr Tahirul Qadri flashes victory sign as he arrives to visit his supporters, who were injured during clashes with the police last week, at a hospital in Lahore June 23, 2014. – Reuters Photo

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, a Canada based Islamic cleric, returned to Pakistan on Monday to try to start what he has called a “peaceful revolution” against the government, as his supporters engaged in violent clashes with police.

He touched down in the eastern city of Lahore after his flight was diverted from Islamabad following violence at the capital's airport that police said left more than 70 of their officers injured.

In January last year Qadri drew tens of thousands of people to a sit-in protest in Islamabad. His return comes at a sensitive time for the government, potentially adding to pressure on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The military is in the midst of a major offensive against Taliban militants in the northwest, and nine people were killed when Qadri's followers clashed with police in Lahore a week ago.

On Monday his supporters, armed with sticks and bricks, clashed with baton-wielding police at Islamabad's airport, where Qadri had been due to arrive on an Emirates flight.

A spokesman for Islamabad police said more than 70 officers were wounded, with several suffering broken bones and head injuries.

The plane was diverted to Lahore “to ensure the safety of the passengers and aircraft,” according to a civil aviation official. But for several hours Qadri refused to get off.

The 63-year-old demanded protection from the military before agreeing to disembark. He finally left the aircraft accompanied by Punjab provincial governor Mohammad Sarwar and opposition politician Chaudhry Pervaiz Ellahi.

Qadri said he held the prime minister and his brother Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab, responsible for the killing of his party workers last week, comparing the pair to “Hitler and Mussolini”.

“I will revenge InshaAllah (God willing). I will revenge for the labourers, helpless, poor and martyrs,” he said at a Lahore hospital as he visited those wounded in last week's clashes.

Addressing workers at his residence later, Qadri said he would “announce a date for revolution” shortly. “I will give a sudden call,” he said.

“The rulers will try to run away, but I won't let the looters run away.”

Qadri had led a huge sit-in lasting over four days while the previous Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government was in power, four months before it lost the May 2013 general election to Sharif's party.

He had demanded the early dissolution of the PPP government and the implementation of a caretaker setup backed by the military and judiciary.

But despite intense media interest, the protest had little long-term impact – Qadri ended his sit-in after talks with ministers and the election went ahead as planned.

Qadri is the founding leader of Tehreek-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ), an organisation with branches in more than 90 countries which works to promote peace and harmony between communities.

His sudden and apparently well-financed emergence last year after years living in Canada was seen by some analysts as a plot by sections of the establishment to delay the elections and regain power – AFP

– Below are our live updates of the event as they unfolded throughout the day

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2014-06-23 19:52:18

"The PAT supporters have laid down the foundation of the revolution with their blood," Dr Qadri claimed during his speech.

2014-06-23 19:50:12

There was an electricity outage at the Tehreek Minhajul Quran secretariat during heavy rain in Lahore. The PAT chief said that from now on, there would be a revolution everyday and the final call for a 'historic revolution' would be given to his supporters after holding political consultations soon.

2014-06-23 19:43:17

"Despite the obstacles put up by the government I am standing here before you," Dr Qadri said adding that, "The nation will receive good news very soon and the government will be toppled by the people".

2014-06-23 19:39:08

"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif engaged in terrorism by diverting my aircraft," alleges Dr Tahirul Qadri.

2014-06-23 18:21:18

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A supporter of Tahirul Qadri adorns her forehead with the word “Inqilab” — Photo by Reuters

2014-06-23 18:05:44

Dr Tahirul Qadri has reached Minhajul Quran secretariat where a large number of PAT workers have gathered.

2014-06-23 17:54:01

Speaking to media representatives at the Jinnah Hospital, Dr Tahirul Qadri lashed out at PM Nawaz and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, saying that he would avenge those people who were oppressed by the country's rulers. Qadri also alleged that the government was responsible for hijacking his aircraft. He also said that his struggle would continue until the future of the youth was improved.

2014-06-23 17:54:01

Speaking to media representatives at the Jinnah Hospital, Dr Tahirul Qadri lashed out at PM Nawaz and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, saying that he would avenge those people who were oppressed by the country's rulers. Qadri also alleged that the government was responsible for hijacking his aircraft. He also said that his struggle would continue until the future of the youth was improved.

2014-06-23 16:48:24

A large number of PAT workers had gathered outside Jinnah Hospital.

2014-06-23 16:38:07

Tahirul Qadri has arrived at Lahore's Jinnah Hospital to meet the injured Pat workers.

2014-06-23 16:08:17

As of 1.45 pm Dubai time (GMT+4), all passengers have disembarked and are safe, said a statement issued by Emirates. We are making alternative arrangements for affected passengers, to get them to their destination. We apologise for the inconvenience caused. The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority at all times.

2014-06-23 16:05:48

Academic institutions in the federal capital remained closed while universities cancelled scheduled exams on Monday due to protests held by PAT activists.

All schools and colleges remained closed due to security measures for PAT rallies while Allama Iqbal Open University as well as Quaid-e-Azam university cancelled their scheduled papers.

National University of Science and Technology also announced a two-day holiday and cancelled entry tests scheduled for June 23 and 24.

2014-06-23 15:58:41

DawnNews reported that Tahirul Qadri has left for Jinnah Hospital in Chaudhry Pervez Elahi's car. Security at the hospital has been beefed up.

2014-06-23 15:58:36

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Chaudhry Pervez Elahi has left for the Allama Iqbal International Airport to receive Dr Tahirul Qadri, DawnNews reported.

2014-06-23 15:21:56

Qadri said he would leave for Jinnah Hospital in Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi's car. He further said no negotiations would be held with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

2014-06-23 15:13:38

Female PAT workers have decorated the Minhajul Quran secretariat for Tahirul Qadri's arrival. A welcome slogan, decorated with rose petals, has been made for his homecoming.

2014-06-23 15:05:22

While some media reports suggest that Tahirul Qadri is headed to the Minhajul Quran secretariat, DawnNews also reported that Qadri may be en route to Jinnah Hospital where a number of Injured PAT workers have been admitted.

2014-06-23 14:55:04

Tahirul Qadri has stepped out of the plane and walked over to the lounge to meet his supporters.

2014-06-23 14:47:00

The PAT chief said "those ready to lay down their lives would not be left alone".

2014-06-23 14:42:57

Sarwar said Qadri would leave the aircraft with him. Meanwhile, the PAT chief said they had agreed to a peaceful solution because of the Punjab governor. He added that each and every party worker would leave with him.

2014-06-23 14:37:00

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar met Qadri in his aircraft. During the meeting with the PAT chief, he said Qadri had a massive support base in the country.

2014-06-23 14:26:38

Supporters of cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri gather outside the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad on June 23, 2014. — Photo by AFP

2014-06-23 13:44:01

At least 51 police constables, including a Station House Officer and constable, were injured during stone pelting by PAT activists in Islamabad's Faizabad area on Monday morning, a police official said. Executive Director Polyclinic Dr Zahid Hussain told APP that 34 injured policemen, including inspectors, sub-inspectors belonging to Azad Kashmir and Islamabad, were brought to the Polyclinic.  Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) spokesperson Dr Ayesha said that 11 injured policemen were shifted to the hospital. “Among them SHO Safdar Hussain was critically injured and being operated upon by the doctors,” she said. Benazir Bhutto Hospital official said that six injured persons were brought to the hospital who were provided medical treatment.

2014-06-23 13:37:15

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A female supporter of Dr Tahirul Qadri, chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) waits at Benazir International airport to receive her leader in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 23, 2014. — Photo by AP
A female supporter of Dr Tahirul Qadri, chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) waits at Benazir International airport to receive her leader in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 23, 2014. — Photo by AP

2014-06-23 13:23:43

PAT chief Dr Qadri said that he did not trust the police and in case the Army could not come to provide him security he was ready to leave Lahore airport if his own security and bullet-proof vehicles were allowed on the runway.

2014-06-23 13:18:11

"I have come to Pakistan with all my belongings and will not leave until revolution comes in the country," says Dr Tahirul Qadri who added that once he reached home, he would manage his own security and also ask party activists to disperse.

2014-06-23 13:17:20

Shah said it was a fundamental right to take one's demands to the people, adding that it was the beauty of democracy to be able to present one's stance.

2014-06-23 13:15:45

Speaking to DawnNews, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said Monday that the government should have made security arrangements for Pat chief Dr Tahirul Qadri's arrival. He said if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had enlisted Tahirul Qadri’s support to fight against terrorism, it would have been better.

2014-06-23 13:07:11

After hours on the runway and several refusals to leave the Emirates aircraft, Dr Qadri has announced that he is ready to exit the airport with his personal security guards.

"I am ready to lave the aircraft with private security protocol," DawnNews quoted Dr Qadri as saying. "I request the media to escort me and my supporters from Lahore airport to Minhajul Quran Secretariat."

2014-06-23 12:54:02

Explore the Qadri enigma

2014-06-23 12:51:36

An Emirates spokesperson confirmed to Dawn.com that the flight carrying doctor Qadri was diverted to Lahore as directed by authorities.In a email, Emirates said: “Emirates flight EK612 from Dubai to Islamabad on 23 June 2014 was diverted to Lahore, as directed by the Pakistan authorities, and landed safely.”“Travelling onboard the flight was Dr Tahirul Qadri, an Islamic scholar, and his delegation.”“As of 11am Dubai time, some passengers have disembarked and are being looked after by our staff at Lahore airport, while we look for alternative options to get them to their destination.”“However, Dr Qadri and some passengers remain onboard. All our crew and passengers onboard are safe. We are in contact with our crew onboard the aircraft, and are liaising with the local authorities.” It added that 409 passengers were onboard and that over 125 passengers disembarked as of 11am Dubai time.

2014-06-23 12:47:35

The Lahore Commissioner has contacted Qadri, who said that the adminstration should allow his plane to go back to Islamabad.

His alternate demand is that the army should be called in to communicate with him and secure his departure from Lahore airport.

2014-06-23 12:34:34

2014-06-23 12:26:24

Speaking to DawnNews via telephone, Dr Tahirul Qadri appealed to his supporters to remain calm and not harm anyone.

"Shahbaz Sharif is responsible for all this mischief and terrorism," he said. "Shahbaz is acting as the PM of this country. He should step down."

Qadri demanded that a three-judge judicial commission, with top officials of the ISI, MI and IB, should investigate the Model Town incident.

He said that he will only accept the result of a probe if Shahbaz is removed as CM.

2014-06-23 12:10:45

The Emirates flight EK-612, which has PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri onboard, remains on the runway even after more than two hours as the deadlock between him and the govt continues.

2014-06-23 11:59:41

PML-N's Raja Zafarul Haq met Tahirul Qadri in the aircraft but failed to convince him to leave the plane. Qadri said he has no confidence in the Lahore police, adding that: "Let us go to Islamabad so that we can take care of our security ourselves."

2014-06-23 11:38:29

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in Lahore and is reportedly monitoring the entire episode of Tahirul Qadri's arrival. The premier is scheduled to travel to Islamabad today evening once the tension at the Lahore and Islamabad airports subside.

2014-06-23 11:00:21

More visuals of sticks, stones and tear gas

2014-06-23 10:53:06

Radio Pakistan quotes Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed as saying that Qadri's plane was diverted to Lahore due to security reasons.

In a statement, he said any untoward incident could occur at the Islamabad airport in the presence of charged crowd there.

Reacting on the statement of Tahirul Qadri, Pervaiz Rashid said the army should not be dragged into the politics as their prime responsibility is defense and security of the country. Earlier, Information Minister Pervez Rashid has rejected the reports of arresting Minhajul Quran Chief Tahir ul Qadri on his arrival from abroad.

In a statement in Islamabad, he said Islamabad administration has blocked some routes due to security reason.

2014-06-23 10:51:25

2014-06-23 10:48:44

Footage of the clashes at Islamabad airport:

2014-06-23 10:46:31

A spokesman for Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority told AFP Qadri's flight had been diverted to Lahore “to ensure the safety of the passengers and aircraft”.

2014-06-23 10:39:28

"Qadri will not be arrested if he steps out of the aircraft," Saad Rafique of PML-N told DawnNews.

2014-06-23 10:30:10

PML-N’s Saad Rafique tells DawnNews, “Tahirul Qadri seems to have hijacked the Emirates aircraft at Lahore airport.”He adds that elsewhere in the country, PAT workers are vandalizing property in protest. He would certainly have been offloaded at Islamabad airport had his supporters not broken security barricades and been indisciplined, he said.“I am hopeful that Dr Qadri will disembark from the aircraft,” he added. “Why should the armed forces talk to him - does Tahirul Qadri think he is a terrorist? His statements are childish.”

2014-06-23 10:25:04

Dr Qadri told reporters from inside the aircraft that he will not disembark till his security is "guaranteed by the military".

2014-06-23 10:22:32

Tahirul Qadri refuses to talk with government, says he will only speak to armed forces.

2014-06-23 10:20:56

Addressing reporters from within the aircraft, Dr Tahirul Qadri said, “The Sharif brothers have become a threat to the country’s security.”

2014-06-23 10:07:01

Speaking to DawnNews, Mustafa Azizabadi of the MQM said every citizen has a constitutional right to live in any city he wants to and similar for the supporters of every political worker to welcome his leader.

"The treatment and measures the government has enforced are clear injustice. It is unfortunate that Qadri's plane was diverted to Lahore. We don't understand why the government panicked."

He also said that the government is trying to suppress the constitutional rights of citizens. "Altaf Hussain has condemned it in strong words saying no unconstitutional or dictatorial act would be accepted."

He added that the government should have provided Qadri with security. "Instead, government has sealed the capital for the last two days, creating problems not for PAT alone but for every other citizen and it has presented a negative image of Pakistan to the entire world and it reflected like there was no democracy in Pakistan."

2014-06-23 09:50:34

Spokesperson for PAT, Qazi Saeed tells DawnNews that Dr Qadri will not disembark from the aircraft till it goes back to Islamabad. "He will not get out of the plane in Lahore, authorities should send him back to Islamabad," he said.

2014-06-23 09:46:46

Dr Tahirul Qadri has refused to disembark from the aircraft, DawnNews reported. An ambulance has been rushed to the runway to carry a passenger who has reportedly fallen ill on the plane.

2014-06-23 09:42:42

According to DawnNews, Dr Tahirul Qadri's plane has landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore. However, the official website for the airport makes no mention of EK 612.

2014-06-23 09:36:31

The Emirates website, which earlier said flight EK 612 is "in flight" has updated its information to simply "diverted". According to the airline, the plane was scheduled to land in Lahore at 9:31AM.

2014-06-23 09:30:27

Amidst all the confusion, some on Twitter manage to offer some comic relief:

2014-06-23 09:25:03

Dawn quoted a field police officer as saying he would follow only legal orders by the government and would avoid any unnecessary action against PAT activists and their arrests, keeping in view the backlash of Model Town episode.

2014-06-23 09:20:28

A report published today in Dawn says the Punjab police chief has strictly ordered field officials not to open fire on their own in any law and order situation and only follow their commander’s direction. He said if as a last resort the police had to open fire, they should go for aerial firing with 12-bore gun.

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"The government knew if Dr Qadri was allowed to land in Islamabad, a revolution would have taken place. They were afraid," a PAT supporter told DawnNews."The government could not tolerate the number of people who are out on the streets to support Dr Qadri."

2014-06-23 08:57:59

According to the Emirates website, flight EK 612 has been diverted to Lahore's Allama Iqbal international Airport. Earlier news reports cited the Islamabad Airport website as saying the aircraft has landed in Islamabad.

2014-06-23 08:49:24

The unofficial account for the Civil Aviation Pakistan posted the following tweet with regard to Islamabad airport:

2014-06-23 08:45:57

No reports of Qadri emerging from the airport yet, DawnNews reports. Supporters are charged and vow to take their leader to Lahore via GT Road.

2014-06-23 08:37:07

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Aerial surveillance of Islamabad airport is underway, as Dr Qadri is expected to step out of the plane and meet the thousands of supporters who have gathered in anticipation of his arrival.

2014-06-23 08:21:39

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The Emirates flight carrying Dr Tahirul Qadri has landed at Benazir International Airport, DawnNews reported.Some reports suggested that the plane was not being allowed to land and was circling the airport as a result.

2014-06-23 07:56:26

Police in riot gear used tear gas and batons to disperse PAT supporters that have gathered in large crowds in anticipation of Dr Tahirul Qadri's arrival. PAT workers were also seen charging on a police official, who was left bloodied after the skirmish.

2014-06-23 07:51:15

A shuttle service is expected to ferry passengers from the capital city to the airport from Peshawar Mor.

The Quaid-i-Azam University and the Federal Urdu University in the capital will remain closed today.

Foreign missions such as the US Embassy in Islamabad also advised staffers to stay home and are expected to function with only a skeleton crew.

2014-06-23 07:40:11

Hundreds of policemen, metal containers, concrete blocks and barbed line the roads of Rawalpindi as the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) moves to ensure that anti-government protesters do not enter the federal capital.

2014-06-23 07:34:55

The supporters gather outside the Islamabad airport premises as Qadri’s plane to land shortly. The heavy police contingent has not been able to hold off supporters reaching the airport, DawnNews reported. The supporters included women, children and senior citizens. There were containers placed at several spots to divert the rallies coming towards the airport. The supporters included the members of Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid.

2014-06-23 07:20:54

A helipad is reportedly being prepared near the Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Lahore on orders of the District Coordination Officer, DawnNews reports.

2014-06-23 07:11:08

Chaudhry Shujaat has been denied entry into the airport.Rangers and ASF personnel are manning all gates of the airport and not allowinganyone to enter.Sheikh Rasheed, who has reached Benazir InternationalAirport to welcome Dr Qadri, has also been denied entry. “I have tried all fourroutes. They have blocked them all. I will try again at 8AM," he said. 

2014-06-23 06:58:56

Dr Qadri is expected to arrive at Islamabad airport on an Emirates Airline flight at 7.30am. Offi­cials from the Met Office say that following thundershowers on Sunday night, the weather forecast for Monday mor­ning is clear and the flight is expected to land on time.

2014-06-23 06:57:12

Nearly 3,000 police personnel have been deployed at the entry and exit points of Islamabad and section 144 has been imposed in Rawal­pindi. In addition, sensitive government installations in the capital and Constitution Avenue were also blockaded on Sunday night.

2014-06-23 06:53:57

Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed has also reached the airport. Speaking to DawnNews, Rasheed said there are containers and blockades on all routes of the airport. “This is a dictatorship, not a democracy.

There has been aerial firing on our supporters and thousands of people are surrounded by security forces.”

“It is evident that the government is afraid of him because all the routes have been blocked.”

2014-06-23 06:46:48

Qazi Faisul Islam of PAT speaking to DawnNews said, “Dozens of our workers are injured despite their peaceful protest. I urge people in Islamabad and Rawalpindi to stop watching the situating unfold at home on their TV screens and instead join us here at the airport to welcome him.” He said supporters have given the government a strong message that despite the deployment of security contingents, they have managed to stage a protest and cause them to retreat. Qadri will go to Lahore via GT Road as scheduled, he added.

2014-06-23 06:42:51

Before his flight from Dubai departed for Islamabad, Dr Qadri took to Twitter to inform his followers of his arrival:

2014-06-23 06:39:17

Security analyst Hasan Askari while talking to DawnNews said, “The government’s announcement of a prohibition (to gather) indicated its fearfulness.”

He said that if the clash goes out of control it will have serious repercussions for the government.

2014-06-23 06:30:20

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain of the Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) has arrived at the Islamabad airport to welcome Dr Qadri, DawnNews reports.

Routes to airport have reportedly been blocked. Dr Qadri’s supporters are hoping to enter the airport premises to welcome him while police is holding them off.

2014-06-23 06:14:27

PAT workers in Islamabad and Rawalpindi clashed with police early Monday morning as they reached the Islamabad airport to welcome Dr Tahirul Qadri, DawnNews reports. Police baton charged protestors and used tear gas to dispel crowds that had gathered to welcome Dr Tahirul Qadri. The government had earlier imposed Section 144 in Rawalpindi, which prohibits the gathering of more than four people.PAT workers allege the police has also resorted to aerial firing despite them observing a peaceful gathering.

2014-06-22 22:50:16

A few of Tahirul Qadri's tweets en route to Pakistan:

Comments (185) (Closed)


Riaz
Jun 23, 2014 06:30am

Qadri saheb ... ana masla nahin ... jana masla hai ... learn from Gen. Musharraf. Pakistani politician are the most corrupt ones, and would do anything to keep their corruption going - be it sacrificing nation's bravest people such as Gen. Musharraf.

Notsurprised
Jun 23, 2014 06:46am

What a dumb thing to do and stupid for putting the nation through. First we have the MQM guy and now this man leading from overseas. Sooo stupid, they deserve what they get. It's time for a little self respect!!!

Mohammad A. Toor, M.D.
Jun 23, 2014 07:06am

Very unfortunate for Tahirul Qadri to declaring and meaning harm to Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is my prayer that the Country does not suffer any setback/s. Enough damage has been done by previous administrations with rare exceptions. Present set up is The Best Last Hope for Pakistan. TQ's reverence for the Musharraf's Dictatorial Regime while elected member of the National Assembly in recent past was glaring & amazing lack of respect for Democracy & Constitution of Pakistan. Now they are grouping behind same mindset of TQ.

Sodomite
Jun 23, 2014 07:14am

Welcome home Dr. Sahib. We hope that your coming will release the Pakistani spirit that has been bottled and hijacked since the last 50 years. It yearns to be free from the shackles placed on it by the Waderas of Sind and the Sharif's of Kashmir.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain
Jun 23, 2014 07:16am

Peaceful demonstration against an autocratic government which came through "rigged" election process is constitutional and makes a lot of democratic sense.

ali
Jun 23, 2014 07:29am

Lets not talk of revolution. Pak has expereinced enough blood shed in teh name of jihad and revolution. Lets reconcile. I agree Shabaz should resign but not by force. An eye for an eye will leave the whole nation blind

mk
Jun 23, 2014 07:36am

So the game is on ;)

Danial
Jun 23, 2014 08:08am

Why are they trying to stop this guy from addressing a rally. This is state aggression

syed salik
Jun 23, 2014 08:29am

Mr quadr has to think is it the right time while operation again St terrorist continues. He can not topple an elected government.its very unfortunate he has small brain with short term thinking. He should be arrested. He is also damaging army's action

ejaz ahmed
Jun 23, 2014 08:32am

This is all nonsense. Mr. Qadri stop this joke and try to be a good and practicing muslim. I know you are a good muslim but the way you are behaving is not going to help anything. Do not put Pakistan in trouble. We are already facing a lot of problems. Please do not add to it. Stop the drama of revolution. Revolution does not come like this. You are making life miserable for many many muslims. May Allah give you true Iman and guide you and your followers the true path of ISLAM. Aameen.

tariq
Jun 23, 2014 08:35am

@Mohammad A. Toor, M.D. what's the matter with you? Arent you tired of these people looting Pakistan and taking turns to do it?

SM ZAKI
Jun 23, 2014 08:37am

Sharif govt has lost its credibility so should resign. The myth that Sharifs have heavy popular mandate has been evaporated in the air. Arrests, tear gas, baton charge and firing on protestors have exposed rulers' claims of being democratic. their days are numbered. This is not only the beginning of the end game of government but politics of Sharif family has now also come to an end. Whether there is a revolution or not but a revolution has come into Punjab politics where there would be no more Sharifs in any future scenario.

Najma
Jun 23, 2014 08:38am

What is the mission statement? What is endgame? How would we/him decide success of failure? What is the Risk/Reward? Noone knows.

Tanweer
Jun 23, 2014 08:38am

PMLN have more than 200 MPA in Punjab. Just sack Shahbaz and bring new CM and ministers. From PMLN. If not possible it's mean they are not selected by people and like ducks feed by Shariff family.

tariq
Jun 23, 2014 08:41am

@ejaz ahmed What world are you living in? This is the only chance Pakistan has of ridding these Wadera's and Robbers of the poor who have decided its my turn now and your turn next. So incredible that people still believe in them!

Hazar Dastan Khan
Jun 23, 2014 08:42am

Everybody knows that how it goes. Everybody know that dice is loaded. Everybody knows that the deal is rotten. Everybody knows. Everybody know that you have been faithful and discrete..Everybody knows..Every rolls with finger crossed. Everybody knows the fight is fixed. Everybody knows that the captain lied. Everybody knows the poor gets poor and rich gets rich. Everybody knows. Everybody knows.

tariq
Jun 23, 2014 08:44am

@syed salik So the Sharif's and Zardari's will continue to rule the poor. How Pathetic that you think like that!

Tariq K Sami
Jun 23, 2014 08:45am

At a minimum Shahbaz Sherrif must resign for the Model Town Carnage.

Tariq K Sami
Jun 23, 2014 08:45am

At a minimum Shahbaz Sherrif must resign for the Model Town Carnage.

Abdul Jabbar
Jun 23, 2014 08:49am

I pray Allah protect us all.

Sal
Jun 23, 2014 08:53am

I don't understand why people give a damn about this guy, he lives in Canada and every now and then hops on over when times are already pretty tense.

Shahpur
Jun 23, 2014 08:57am

He is an "ARREST WARRANT" for the Corrupt and Dishonest. Honest and Ordinary People need not worry.

R.K.LUHADIYA
Jun 23, 2014 09:08am

@ejaz ahmed -A MAN WHO HAS LIVED WHOLE OF HIS LIFE OUT OF PAKISTAN IN 'CANADA' HAS THOUGHT OF DE STABLIZING A DULY ELECTED GOVT. WHAT A MIND SET OF PAKISTANI PUBLIC & IRRESPONSIBLE ROLE OF MEDIA.

Malikpur Janderbari Abbottabad
Jun 23, 2014 09:11am

Friends nothing will happen, this mulla is only drama being staged by agencies to pressurize the govt to release Musharraf for his crimes.... nothing else. you will see by evening situation will be normal. Only remaining of dictator have been exaggerating, nothing!!!

Shahpur
Jun 23, 2014 09:12am

It makes no difference where but the EAGLE will land soon.

Abdul Shakoor
Jun 23, 2014 09:23am

I don't think Dr. Qadri will bring any revolution in Pakistan, the only thing he is seeking I think is is Chaos in Pakistan, working on a foreign agenda..!

Abdul Shakoor
Jun 23, 2014 09:23am

I don't think Dr. Qadri will bring any revolution in Pakistan, the only thing he is seeking I think is is Chaos in Pakistan,

AHMAD
Jun 23, 2014 09:29am

PML-N should learn politics from Zardari. He handled similar situation gracefully.

sja
Jun 23, 2014 09:31am

@Shahpur shaheen or eagle never LAND, allama Iqbal said """tu shaheen hay baseera kar paharooon ki blandi par """--- the eagle should live in CANADA the north of the GLOBE why he has to land on LAND IN LAHORE?

syed salik
Jun 23, 2014 09:33am

Mr. Tariq you don't bring any changes like this in a country. Right now we are going through a difficult process. Personally I am not in favor of Zardari or Nawaz Sharif but Mr. Qadri cannot create trouble on Islamabad. If he's a true Muslim he should fight in an election and make his government. At this point he should be arrested. People were killed because of his actions, and our forces rather than dealing with the terrorists they were spend I no their recourses for this situation. Mr. Qadri maybe your ideal but for a lot of educated people he's committing a crime.

sja
Jun 23, 2014 09:34am

@Mohammad A. Toor, M.D. --- when it comes to personal ego no matter how much one is educated or trained, it is the contention of one's own SELF above all that is detrimental and you are M.D. what is your prognosis for this EGO AILMENT found in the stature of TAHIRUL QUADRI --- why he could not do anything in CANADA and had to come back to Pakistan was he afraid that something like the incident that happened in LONDON for another leader would be his own case in the near future and he has to bring back his 60000 books how much money has he left in CANADA in a very timely fashion????????

Tim
Jun 23, 2014 09:39am

I don't understand why a democratic government is afraid of Qadris protest. If its peaceful let them do do it.

PROF DR SHAH MURAD
Jun 23, 2014 09:40am

welcome Dr Sahib........................................

Muhammad
Jun 23, 2014 09:47am

There is a war going on the Tribal area, hundred of thousands of people migrated in the scorching sun to safe location from FATA. The Terrorist have threaten to blow up the airports and post immense casualty on govt and political leader while Tahir ul Qadri is doing something which is not unique. There is nothing wrong to ask or stage for reform by any one in Pakistan but at this critical time, is it really worth to have sit in and mobilized thousand of people to protest. Cant he just wait a couple of weeks? Is he merely creating favorite target for Taliban or bringing justice to those 9 people killed in clashes with police? I'm hundred percent sure if Taliban hit Qadri's gathering it will go against the Govt and there will another rally.

dawn
Jun 23, 2014 09:50am

What he got on the wrong plane? He should landing at home-Canada.

Ahmad
Jun 23, 2014 09:51am

Please tell the masses about background and your life sketch before starting your campaign for the revolution so that people should know your real image and not trapped in your unknown designs

Sayyar Khan
Jun 23, 2014 09:55am

This JOKER needs good spanking. Canadian Govt need to void his citizenship.

Amir
Jun 23, 2014 09:57am

He was sleeping in Canada and now coming to Pakistan,can he do same thing in Canada and UK?? other countries call it terror if some one against the police and government.same happen in Syria,iraq,egypt

AW
Jun 23, 2014 09:58am

PML-N has made major political mistakes and has made a hero of Qadri - A) They should have let him arrive at Islamabad and continue to Lahore by road as per his plan - B) Government should have established a Judicial commission for inquiry of the Lahore incident and CM Punjab should have resigned as demanded by Qadri. If A and B would have taken place, there would have been no threat to the PML-N Government in Islamabad or in Punjab.

Zubair
Jun 23, 2014 09:59am

Lessons that Mian Sb could have learned from Zardari. Let the guy have his say and don't let him disrupt the working of government. Seriously, a so called political party not worth even a single seat in parliament has been made famous. I pity the Pakistani people who have their hopes tied to a person who doesn't travel on the country's passport and doesn't even want to live in this country & who is not willing to give up his other nationality. How is this person going to change this wretched land of ours and how sincere is he going to be with this country? Meanwhile the media is having a field day.

Kaleem
Jun 23, 2014 10:10am

Qadri n allied parties are conspiring against govt and openly threatening it. In return, they expect Democratic behavior and they be treated with love and care.

Javeed
Jun 23, 2014 10:11am

I don't know why I feel it foolish to allow the people at a sensitive place like Airport, PAT workers should understand that airports are not for rallies, these scenes will benefit the anti state elements. I hope some1 lets Qadri Sahab understand the situation Pakistan is at.

Navid
Jun 23, 2014 10:12am

What a drama to distract attention from the ongoing operation. Strangely, whose interests is TQ protecting? Pml and ppp were drama masters but seems like this is a lesson for both!

gr shahin niazi
Jun 23, 2014 10:13am

welcome Dr Tahir Ul Qadri we are with you ......

Akhtar Ali
Jun 23, 2014 10:16am

Total Fraud, Look @ his face sitting in first class & trying to be a peoples leader,

Waseem
Jun 23, 2014 10:18am

Another high climax drama is going to happen just like happened last year when Qadri Sahab had hidden agreement with PPP govt and there was nothing for common people.

gr shahin niazi
Jun 23, 2014 10:18am

welcome Dr Tahir Ul Qadri we are with you

muhammad.ashtar@gmail.com
Jun 23, 2014 10:19am

Cable TV go off air in Sangla Hill.No more coverage of Tahir ul Qadri.People here say gag order has been placed on cable operators by Birjees Tahir minister of Kashmir Affairs .

gr shahin niazi
Jun 23, 2014 10:20am

welcome Dr Tahir Ul Qadri we are with you

azam qadeer
Jun 23, 2014 10:22am

this is really sad our people do not understand some outsider come make us go on the street make pakistan poor and then expect government to deliver every time people are on the road it cost money every time there are election it cost money Dr sb you are foreign so stay there take part in Canadian politic rather trying to revenge or hurt Pakistan people really do not know.

Muhammad
Jun 23, 2014 10:25am

@dawn How about North Waziristan? I bet he will need some hot weather. See if he can manage to walk with the IDPs to Banu. That will be a real revolution.

Ali
Jun 23, 2014 10:27am

Does the plane need to return to Dubai

Malikpur Janderbari Abbottabad
Jun 23, 2014 10:27am

All Musharraf baqyat are exaggerating Tahir ul Qadri as he was brought to keep pressure on govt. Nothing will happen, he will return to his country but Pakistan will suffer....

Ali
Jun 23, 2014 10:30am

@Muhammad agree

Ashraf Mirza (USA)
Jun 23, 2014 10:34am

@ejaz ahmed Ejaz Ahmed Bhai I agree with you 100% ... Mr. Qadri enjoy his stay ..Follow the ISLAM ..ISLAM IS PEACE LOVE and HUMANITY........ He can join his followers, but he can not turn his followers against GOVERNMENT of PAKISTAN. If he love Pakistan than he should love people of Pakistan and he should not say any thing against Pakistan. He should setup organization for poor children of Pakistan. Free education, clothing and food for poor kids of Pakistan. Allah love that. Sincerely, Ashraf Mirza (USA) ashwmirza@yhoo.com

Saad Omair
Jun 23, 2014 10:34am

Deal is ON again. don't worry Pakistan. Last time when this guy was here, after the event which he was doing in the container he got the deal, hugged, smiled and went off, same will happen this time, he will show the victory sign again in few days with the government people.

i suppose what victory sign means is they got the funding deal!!!!

Happy Ramadan to All Pakistanis (in Advance)

Asif Raza
Jun 23, 2014 10:40am

This is absurd. Totally crap. Qadri is causing too much problems all around in Pakistan. First, he do not trust government at all. Second, he wants them to take care of him as he is Prime Minister or something. Come on, you are bringing revolution, try to be realistic as well. Sitting in plane and expecting few other bodies will fall is not gonna help solve this issue. Come out, talk to people by yourself. Make your plan work in proper way. Also, please remember that govt can also return your flight right now. Other option is leave country with your own will now and do not ever come back.

AHMAD
Jun 23, 2014 10:48am

I salute team pf PPP, who handled this mullah. My suggestion for PML-N. Just Ignore this man. He has no political standing.

Shagufta
Jun 23, 2014 10:48am

Can someone please order a double tall latte for Dr. Qadri please?

AHMAD
Jun 23, 2014 10:49am

@SM ZAKI This is not a way to change government. Election is the way.

Razi
Jun 23, 2014 10:50am

Nawaz Sharif and Co. are experts in DIVERTING the airplanes

sja
Jun 23, 2014 11:04am

@Sodomite--------- unfortunately, Sodomite, --------- the situation being created by your noor nazar is Sad----amazing or if you add just instead of mite, just mize that explains more the political situation now created ---- it is really SADAMIZING?

Haq
Jun 23, 2014 11:08am

My question is, what is his job? How can he afford a first class ticket from Canada to Pakistan. That's like $20,000 US$ roundtrip. Who paid for his trip?

Nimra Alam
Jun 23, 2014 11:09am

It is going to create another drama in Pakistani politics now. !!! Don't know when people will learn to stop following such people

mohammadnoonnanna
Jun 23, 2014 11:09am

What a non sense to stop or divert flight. I am not in favour of TuQ but the govt:s frenzy is not understandable. Give him a free hand. Hopefully such orders are not being given by CH NISAR ALI KHAN the Fed Interior Minister. And if so, CH NISAR should hand down his resignation and watch the things as a by stander.

TT
Jun 23, 2014 11:11am

This is a joke, making a laughing stock in front of the entire world, total incompetence.

Saraz
Jun 23, 2014 11:23am

Qadri go back to canada-your country-let us live in peace-leave us alone.

Waleed Ikram
Jun 23, 2014 11:38am

What a pity? When the nation needs to be united against the war on taliban these opportunistic and corrupt politicians are putting the whole nation in a turmoil only for their personal gains. They are fooling every one with a so called Inqalab. Inqalab comes by example and they don't lead by example. Sitting in Air con containers and travelling in First class Shame on them

AJamal
Jun 23, 2014 11:44am

Government again making mess of the things. He should have been allowed to land quietly at Islamabad and take the procession to Lahore. Ch. Nisar has once again created a Sikandar like situation.

Adeel Muhammad Manzoor Khan
Jun 23, 2014 11:52am

Mr.Tahir-ul-Qadri using women for his motives very bad tactics...

Aisha
Jun 23, 2014 11:57am

Emirates will now ban flights to Pakistan.

Junaid
Jun 23, 2014 11:57am

What a shame. Media as usual fanning the fire . Revolution with the help of Ch Shujaat and MQM, what level as a nation we have stooped to . Disgusting .

Eagle Star
Jun 23, 2014 11:57am

Whatever Qadri is doing not good omen for the state apropos circumstances. Qadri should demonstrate sense of maturity by undermining the ongoing contingent conditions of the state, is in mode of war bearing no more miscreation. Please stop doings what you do it may evolve anarchy within the state and lose a large number of innocent lives.

Nasir
Jun 23, 2014 12:03pm

Super rich & extensive means of luxury..............what revolution..........?

ahmed
Jun 23, 2014 12:04pm

@Notsurprised : totally agreed. no to foreigners. he comes in First class and treat as Pakistan is his jagir. i think we let local jagir to rule instead of pardesis.

Khan
Jun 23, 2014 12:06pm

His talks make sense but why is he travelling in business class , how is he different from ruling class?

Madiha
Jun 23, 2014 12:08pm

@Sodomite No Canadian joker can release Pakistani spirit.

Muhammad
Jun 23, 2014 12:11pm

Dr. Qadri is a Canadian Citizen, makes stop over in London, Flies Emirates airlines, in 'first class'.... and you still think he is loyal to Pakistan and coming back to bring relief for the average poor Pakistani... have we lost our brains or we are 'deaf, mute, and blind'.... cannot see that all these politicians are using us... shame on us, shame on us, shame on us!!!

Malik
Jun 23, 2014 12:14pm

Container is replaced by Airplane this time around :p

Abdullah
Jun 23, 2014 12:19pm

He is flying business class. If it is funded by his pocket, then that's his business. But if it is funded by "jamaat funds" then it does not resonate well with the high moral ground that he so often claims to have. He should be more transparent on such issues.

MP
Jun 23, 2014 12:28pm

Who on earth is Tahir-ul-Qadri? I heard about him for the first time last year. He comes from Canada, makes a mess, then goes back to his life of luxury in America.

faisal
Jun 23, 2014 12:38pm

Can he do this in Canada .. isnt he hijacking the plane ??? What they did with NS .. when he tried to land .. where are Army commandos to put him back to plane to Canada ??? Why double standards in every aspect of life ???
This guy is mentally unstable and shareef br's making a sick person Leader.

Waqar Raja
Jun 23, 2014 12:51pm

Dr Qadri and Ch Nisar demonstrated superior vision and involved Sharif Brothers in difficult situation

Altaf Hussain Rizvi
Jun 23, 2014 12:53pm

Emirates wants it's plane back. Pakistanis want their lives back. TUQ wants Army to escort him. But I want another nap!

Let's see, who gets everything they want

Jehanzeb
Jun 23, 2014 12:53pm

Sharif brothers should change professions ... They seem to be masters of diverting planes. Perhaps, flight operations or tower controller !!!

TT
Jun 23, 2014 12:56pm

@Waleed Ikram agreed

Faisal Rana
Jun 23, 2014 01:06pm

Get ready for Emirates to halt it's operations in Pakistan.

AYUB
Jun 23, 2014 01:17pm

welcome in the 1st class travel to Pakistan , to help poor of Pakistan. why is PMLN is playing like aggressor , let Dr Qadri have a meeting , and if you have nothing to hide then why are you scared and the police actions will bring you down , as a leaders who themselves have suffered jail and 10 years overseas, should have more sympathetic attitudes. bring to justice all the policemen who have done the brutal acts and give them a punishment befitting the crimes

AHMAD
Jun 23, 2014 01:24pm

Dr Qadri has getting unreasonable. Sometime he is demanding army. Now he is asking Gov Punjab to come.

Ganga Din
Jun 23, 2014 01:25pm

This is not his homeland. He doesn't have a homeland.

Ahmad Ali Rafi
Jun 23, 2014 01:27pm

Who will pay extra to the Emirates Airlines? They will seize their flights to Pakistan. We're getting too negative in world's eye.

Safdar
Jun 23, 2014 01:27pm

Flying Emirates in business class..Ghareeb awaam kaa ghareeb leader...

Chota PM
Jun 23, 2014 01:43pm

Anyone who advocates for this GUY is not a friend of Pakistan.

Send him and his supports to Canada

JQ
Jun 23, 2014 01:43pm

Qadri and Imran together on a wheel chair ...... Come out of good if you need a change only gathering peoples tells only that People of Pakistan have nothing to do.

adil
Jun 23, 2014 01:56pm

Sharif brothers should be working as Air Traffic Controllers rather than as a politicians, First musharaf's plane and now dr's.

ahmed
Jun 23, 2014 02:06pm

Shame on you. You need a bullet proof car and security from army while your supporters were killed and youpromised to stand beside them.

sapeace
Jun 23, 2014 02:19pm

his drama continues

Sohail
Jun 23, 2014 02:23pm

The Canadian High Commissioner should have been asked to take this creature away from this land. We already have hands full, we will deal with him later.

Imran Malik
Jun 23, 2014 02:42pm

Dr. Qadri may be a learned man, but his conduct is quite disgraceful. He has behaved like an irresponsible person to get cheap publicity. What he and his supporters don't realize is that their antics will have a huge cost on the economy. Quite a shame really. Very disappointed!

haris
Jun 23, 2014 03:06pm

@Riaz Naa Pakistan aana masla hai naa jaana... wait and see

hassanwali
Jun 23, 2014 03:12pm

@mk ofcourse my friend

Maryam
Jun 23, 2014 03:22pm

He is such a cry baby...nothing else

hassanwali
Jun 23, 2014 03:27pm

@Haq P.A.T WILL BEAR ALL EXPENSE

Rahmat
Jun 23, 2014 03:40pm

Can Qadri be the next prime minister of Pakistan or a religious leader like Ayatollah Khomeini .. what do Pakistani friends have to say on this

Irfan Husain
Jun 23, 2014 03:47pm

It is disgraceful that Qadri should bring his circus to Pakistan when the army is fighting against terrorists. If he and his followers can't support the operation, they ought to at least stop creating a distraction.

Ammar Adnan
Jun 23, 2014 03:54pm

Its odd that a person with no substantial presence in parliament and with open invitation for a Coup d'état has been hogging the local media for the past 2 days. People like Imran Khan must step forward to lead the protest for whatever reservations they have against the current government But don't be fooled by a person with some hidden agenda behind his motives take over charge to create turmoil and unrest in an already fragile law and order condition.

R C Desai
Jun 23, 2014 04:00pm

How can a Government tolerate a person who wants to topple it violently?

Maryam
Jun 23, 2014 04:21pm

@Riaz Its not Musharraf its the institutional interference in politics that is objectionable, and he represents that institution. Dictatorship must be resented at any cost. Give me any example of a country that has flourished under "continual" reign of a military dictator in the twenty first century? Worst kind of democracy is better than best kind of dictatorship. If it was a military rule, Qadri's plane would have been reverted to Canada.

baran
Jun 23, 2014 04:22pm

Dear Qadri, please try to differentiate between revolution and chaos.Stay here, try your luck in next election and then reform through parliament. Hope you will not take this route as brings change not chaos.

Haider
Jun 23, 2014 04:26pm

Government must be sacked for mishandling this crisis, both the government and tuq must be tried for endangering lives and emirates must cancel all flights to Islamabad and lahore till further notice.

ishaq
Jun 23, 2014 04:49pm

As local news channels went all out in covering the grand event that was Dr Tahirul Qadri's dramatic arrival in Pakistan, Twitter users on Monday lamented that airtime consumed by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief should instead be given to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) pouring out from North Waziristan.

Critics observed that the plight of refugees from the Agency that have been displaced by the ongoing Zarb-iAzb operation has been sidelined as Qadri's arrival has taken priority.

Umar Khayam
Jun 23, 2014 05:08pm

My understanding was that Mr Qadri was a law abiding pious citizen. WOW I was so wrong. Why is he so special not to go via the airport customs and then his cheek to demand his cars to be brought to airport runway… This is pure hijack... Can you imagine a normal person doing this.. it would make headlines around the world… I used to respect him but from today's episode he also is after power and fame. May Allah help and guide us all and May Allah protect us from fake leaders who use Islam as a tool to progress their own agenda.

To all who would argue security for him.. Mr Qadri preaches faith in Allah yet he has none. He should know only Allah has the power to give life and take life if he is to die then no cars no army no protection can help him.. Mr Qadri you have proven to be another power hungry stooge!

Rahela
Jun 23, 2014 05:12pm

What a drama. This is What Imran Khan and Qadri likes. Making lots of head lines and do little for the country and its people. Just exciting them with this entertainment. than the go of to London or Canada for a brake. While our people have to face the reality. Both are a joke and should be exiled.

Kanadi Dost
Jun 23, 2014 05:15pm

Kanade Se Aya Mera Dost. Dost Ko Salam Karo. Raat Ko Khawo Piya Din Me Aram Karo....

m nawaz
Jun 23, 2014 05:18pm

Why tuq sahib chose 23dec. Smallest n coldest day in cooler Islamabad n longest hottest day 21 June in hotter Lahore?

Saleem Khan
Jun 23, 2014 05:20pm

I think we are the stupid nation to allow Mullahs who they fool people in the name of Islam. Religion should be between you and your God and should not harm people, but these Mullahs only harming Pakistan and its people. This Qadri, JI, Munawwar, Sami, Fazl, JUI are all part of Taliban. Please save Pakistan from these enemy of Pakistan.

Dawood
Jun 23, 2014 05:36pm

feel sorry for nation......the way people get manipulated so easily; are provoked to violence; thinking of themselves as godsend; have no will of their own and blindly follow where they are led..the nation seriously needs an educational epidemic so that they can differentiate right/wrong, black/white, good/evil etc and ultimately vote for and follow the right ones.

mohammad Akhtar
Jun 23, 2014 06:01pm

What a drama he is. If the people were educated then the situation was going to be different. Whole thing is a big shame.

Salim A
Jun 23, 2014 06:25pm

Every few years a foreign residing man lands on this land of the PURE, to be their messiah, only to disappoint the ignorant masses of their yearning for one. There is no messiah waiting in the US, Canada or UK to bring change. It has to come form within. Qadri is an anarchist.

M. SaleemRaikodi
Jun 23, 2014 06:26pm

Nothing will happen if its Qadri or Padri. The only panacea for Pakistan's survival is that names like Zardari, Tawangars. Malik, Rana, Raja, Chouduris Vaddars Nawwabs are eliminated. The more feudal lords the more power centers. It needs someone like Vallabhai Patel to crush curse.

Salim A
Jun 23, 2014 06:30pm

@Jalaluddin S. Hussain There was no widespread rigging, except in your head and those who do not wish to accept people's mandate. I am no fan of PMLN. However, they did win the elections just like PPP did in the last round. Some improper activities go on even in the most advanced democracies. Democracy, despite it s flaws, must continue. Qadri is just another mullah who wants to take Pakistan, backwards. After doing immense damage to the people and the economy, he will return to his masjid in Canada and blame the failure on someone else.

kash
Jun 23, 2014 06:33pm

My brother-in-law and nephew was oppressed. Their flight to London Heathrow was delayed by 6 hours due to Dr TUQ and his supporters who were near and at the airport.

Will he compensate them?

adnan
Jun 23, 2014 06:34pm

Qadri Sahab and TTP on the same page with same agenda. Wise people can feel this!

Sara Y
Jun 23, 2014 07:05pm

our country doesn't need radicals leading the country............in fairness, politicians like nawaz, zardari or whatever are neither saints but at least a democratic system is intact..........if none delivers, people have the power to vote them out in the next election...............but on the contrary inciting violence; creating chaos; destroying public property; violating law and order; exploiting religion for a forced regime change; will only lead to isolation of the country and pushing it to the dark stone era..............i personally think the army should crush such elements; something similar to what happened in egypt.........middle eastern events should be an eye opener................some naive people are setting the wrong precedence by supporting qadri.

Riaz
Jun 23, 2014 07:05pm

Pakistani awaam is dieing of heat and still preparing for this man's arrival, and he is traveling in first class, enjoying his trip to the fullest and causing other passengers a grief. Wah wah! Pakistanio - wake up and smell the coffee ... I am not saying PML-N is right, but this person is not right either ... if he has so much love for you, then why does he keeps on running back to Canada? Jo apni hifazat nahin kar saktay ... woh awaam ki hifazat kia karengay?

Qasim
Jun 23, 2014 07:10pm

IK+Qadri+ISI+JUI.. A powerful combination....

Arif
Jun 23, 2014 07:16pm

@Muhammad If Govt. is given to Mullas then think the end of country. If you know the history.

Ravi Dallas TX
Jun 23, 2014 07:33pm

While I'm not well versed with internal politics, but isn't it time to unite as country fighting militants leaving personal scores aside.

Gaurav Arya
Jun 23, 2014 07:43pm

I pray to God I am totally wrong but am I the only one who sees a connection???

  1. Musharraf comes back to Pakistan and Nawaz Sharif creates legal problems for him.
  2. Musharraf gets arrested and is now on the Exit Control List.
  3. Sharif meets Modi in New Delhi.
  4. Two weeks after meeting, Pak Army launches Zarb-e-Azb. There is no prior information of operation in the media.
  5. Qadri starts a protest in which people are killed.
  6. Qadri lands in Pakistan.

If there is a connection…well, this time the repercussions will be extremely severe, God forbid.

Yawar
Jun 23, 2014 07:53pm

Whereas I endorse Qadri sahib's vision to try and revolutionize the mindset of the people of Pakistan, I do not endorse his methods and lifestyle. Khomeini was able to do that with Iran not so much by words but by example. Qadri Sahib, live in a two room unairconditioned house like Khomeini, reprimand your workers for attacking police with sticks and stones, and visit the police injured by PAT kaarkuns in the hospitals.

Najam
Jun 23, 2014 07:58pm

With great admiration and respect, we do not want revolution. One revolution is followed by another revolution, simple physics. We want peace and stability at this point in time.

Seedoo
Jun 23, 2014 08:18pm

This is another veiled attempt by the security agencies to re-impose Islamization and create chaos for the political system in the guise of this maulvi.

saj
Jun 23, 2014 08:33pm

@Danial Because he's just a trouble maker. I don't like the current govt, but these "overseas politicians" come over , stir up trouble and then go back to their foreign land.

Farah
Jun 23, 2014 08:36pm

PMLN have failed the state so many times and there is no hope now. They took extreme measures when they unlawfully targeted PAT workers at Lahore on the 17th. killing many and injuring hundreds for life. They have crossed all limits, sending police to remove barriers but target shooting and killing is way beyond. Nothing can justify their action. and again today they unlawfully diverted International Emirates flight for no reason what so ever. What are PMLN playing at, they are digging their own hole and inviting Dr Qadri's revolution

Fiz
Jun 23, 2014 08:37pm

High drama to grab attention. Sick and tired of cheap shenanigans by politicians of this country. BTW, what happened to PTI's inqilaab. Can this country afford so many inqilaabs??

DifferentPerspective
Jun 23, 2014 09:00pm

I am not a PML-N supporter but am clear about one thing that PML-N is 100 times better then this drama party PAT. They are right now enjoying what's called "fame by accident" but this doesn't last long. For God sake for once think of Pakistan and be Pakistanis and don't just try to sell your political shop.....

Shaun
Jun 23, 2014 09:14pm

Pakistan need a revolution for sure. But not in streets or in Islamabad. It needs revolution in social and moral values of its people first. Change in Islamabad will only come when people are honest, and knows the difference between a cleric who is driven by foreign money and motives, Fuedals who want to rape its people from their rights. There is hardly a NATIONAL leader who is clean slate from past corruption. Change in Islamabad will automatically happen when your people are morally and socially honest,aware and above all has the tolerance or accept a difference of opinion.

observer
Jun 23, 2014 09:29pm
  1. Someone arrives in Pakistan with the avowed aim of toppling the legitimate Government.
  2. And demands that the Governor escort this Revolutionary into the city.
  3. AND, the Governor obliges.

Pakistan certainly is a funny place.

Hasan
Jun 23, 2014 09:31pm

I love when people of Pakistan equat this sham democracy to true democracy and talk about not derailing it. Derail what? This sham of a democracy. People should be standing up regardless of whoever talks about revolution. Aren't you guys tired of being ridiculed (I mean ruled) by the same corrupt leaders. Oh wait now you guys will reply to me saying I should not talk as I am from US.

Akhtar
Jun 23, 2014 09:41pm

I am beginning to think this guy is anti-Pakistan. The time to debate and hold rallies is near election time. Also why now ?

Siraj Khan
Jun 23, 2014 10:32pm

@Najam - we need EVOLUTION not a revolution.

independentthinker
Jun 23, 2014 10:56pm

Pakistan has enough on it's plate - why do we need to add more tension and insecurity? Let us handle the problems with the insurgents and our present government has just started to deal with them now. By causing disruptions, we will not be able to focus on this most critical issue and in fact, we might even be helping these terrorists in causing havoc!

Khawar Butt
Jun 23, 2014 11:06pm

Revolution is fine as long as it is not led by a Mullah. ' Mullah ki Azan aur hai, Mujahid ki Azan aur,' Iqbal.

Ahmer
Jun 23, 2014 11:11pm

"Government would be toppled soon, claims Qadri"

May this be soon.

zafar
Jun 23, 2014 11:45pm

In their dislike (some would say hatred) of the PML-N government it seems to be pretty sad that parties like PTI and others, whom I admire, are failing to recognize the shortcomings of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri. Up to now, starting from his promises last year, he has backed down in front of adversity every time. The latest episode, take the plane back to I'bad, to not getting off till Army comes in, to allow my persona guards only and then meekly agreeing to the governor presence shows this man is really not serious. Dedicated though his admirable supporters are but I would be very wary of following such a man if my future let alone my life depended on it.

Ahmer
Jun 23, 2014 11:55pm

The twin brothers were elected by fraud. They have no right to stay in power even a single day.

nadeem
Jun 24, 2014 12:28am

Why they do no put him in jail - everything he utters is aganst the constitution.

nadeem
Jun 24, 2014 12:32am

@Farah TUQ is using school children to create chaos - can he????????????? He is the extreme drama

nak
Jun 24, 2014 12:45am

I am not a big fan of TQ after the last let down, but I am willing to give him a chance. And to all the PML-N supporters what democracy are you referring to. The two clowns of PML-N are worse than any dictator. we had more democracy in Pak during the time of a military general. stop abusing the word democracy.

Usman Khan
Jun 24, 2014 01:09am

Why do people care where he lives? This is why the Pakistan is always going to fail, because people care about stupid, small things such as the fact that he does'nt want to give up his Canadian passport. Why don't people listen to his message? Don't forget the founder of Pakistan originated from the West....so get that through your thick heads...Listen to the man instead of coming up with petty excuses against him...

Zeeshan Ahmed
Jun 24, 2014 01:13am

Look at the amount of inconvenience caused from day one to civilians because Qadri boarded a commercial flight which was delayed and re-routed, also causing further delays to those waiting to board the same flight in Islamabad. One can only imagine the disruption that is to come from the "revolution" planned in Pakistan by a Maulana who resides in Canada.

Dr. Sehar Khan
Jun 24, 2014 01:15am

@Imran Malik ... Hain? learned man?

Saima Bibi
Jun 24, 2014 01:51am

Qadri sahab, please go back to Canada. We need our government to finish the job with Taliban. You can go topple the government of the country of which you are a citizen.

Abubakr
Jun 24, 2014 01:56am

What in seven hells is this person doing in Pakistan. After spending his whole life outside his home country, he now realizes he has to do something for the people of Pakistan. Isn't there already much mayhem in the country to deal with the new melodrama.

Yawar
Jun 24, 2014 01:58am

Qadri Sahib. Next time, please fly economy and not first or business class as the photograph above suggests.

Atta
Jun 24, 2014 02:29am

It seems that he is living in a world of fantasy. He will however, learn the ground realities soon. Long live Canada.

Saifur Rahman
Jun 24, 2014 02:30am

@M. SaleemRaikodi You need someone like AK Fazlul Haque (Tiger of Bengal). He eliminated Zamindari system (Feudals) from Bengal.

Jamal
Jun 24, 2014 02:38am

who is this Qadri guy anyway? Never heard of him before....

Asif
Jun 24, 2014 02:58am

If Mr. Qadri wants to have a say in a democratic country than he should go by democratic norms, he should contest the election. If he did the same thing in Canada as he is doing in Pakistan he will end up in jail. In Canada if you want to protest you have to get a municipal permission, you can then protest only in the approved location. Municipal government will ensure that the city does not come to a halt. It is possible that he has done a lot of good for the people of Pakistan, this however does not give him any right to become disruptive. File a case with the courts, do all the things you are allowed legally.

Syed
Jun 24, 2014 03:09am

I do not understand our people why they do not stand up and build their future. People of Pakistan have to stand with the truth otherwise we and our future generations will face these tyrants for ever under the existing system, which is totally corrupt. Our people must not follow blindly their leaders as they have been lying to them for the last 65 years. I am not in favour of all what Qadree is saying but at least he is talking about the change in system, he wants to abolish this corrupt system, he alone cannot do this we need to support his idea, this is only possible if we start quitting to believe in our political Godfathers, these cults exist in every party. Tell me one party in Pakistan where there is no Godfather. Till us not change our mind there will be no revolution and we will continue to suffer as a nation.

Mr. MR
Jun 24, 2014 03:29am

Nothing more than a military asset, here to keep the government distracted when the military is distracted with the operation. Nothing to panic over, I'm guessing he'll find a reason to go back to Canada soon after this op is over

khanman
Jun 24, 2014 03:34am

Dear Mr TUQ kindly dont play tuq tuq match, if you want to bring the inqilab you are talking about then kindly do it quickly, our offices are suffering as roads were blocked today, and kindly this time gather your people in a open ground near morgah.dont come to D chowk, its under construction because of metro and we have to goto office cant sacrifice our work for your inqilab, have you ever worked in an office? work 9 hours a day and you will know what real inqilab is.

sapeace
Jun 24, 2014 04:07am

TUQ motto is me, myself

tariq
Jun 24, 2014 04:27am

@syed salik dear Mr. Salik, Muslim has nothing to do with it. We are all born human first. Did you see the inhumanity shown by the police on tv to the people they dragged beating them while under captivity???This is what Islam is all about?

tariq
Jun 24, 2014 04:36am

@Abubakr I guess you don't realize that the foreign exchange remitted back to Pakistan by people living overseas allows this country to survive financially!

M
Jun 24, 2014 05:03am

@Rahela - i suppose Nawaz and zardari group had done plenty in the last 6yrs+ for the country?? lets see, security is at its worst, load shedding (elec, gas,) is at its highest. punjab's CM promised to change his name 3 times if he didn't get rid of load shedding instead he gets rid of his 2 main men!!

wake up people of pakistan. until nawaz and zardari clans are completely wiped out of pakistan it will never be a country where people can live in peace..today its these bros, tomorrow its their daughters and sons. bilwal is coming to live in punjab before the next election...are pakistanis so dumb to see whats happening??

A concerned Pakistani
Jun 24, 2014 05:18am

For God's sake Maulana (Dr.) Qadri, the nation is at a tipping point dealing with terrorism. The army is involved in toppling terrorism and the whole nation is thinking about it. And you want to topple the government at the same time because it does not look good to you from Gerrard Street in Toronto? Please go back to Toronto. They sell lots of halvas there.

H Chaudhry
Jun 24, 2014 05:39am

I think PMLN just need to let this play itself out. Nothing will happen, he is no body and will run away. That said, perhaps a show of power by 2-3 huge Jalsay will be good for PMLN.

Mohd
Jun 24, 2014 06:13am

The government must be very week. A foreigner is in your country and threatening to topple the govt, and you say nothing. Come on, arrest him and deport him. He is just making a fool of himself. Anyway who lives abroad and dictates terms to masses is just using them. People need to wake up and see what he really he.

Kashif Masood
Jun 24, 2014 06:25am

I have 2 words for him: Topi Drama

Mohammad Ali khan
Jun 24, 2014 07:20am

Some people are so simple, may be lazy.They want a short cut to good governance.

Good governance will only come when neighbors will join hands in organizing and spreading the practice of good values.

Riaz
Jun 24, 2014 08:00am

@Maryam: I don't agree with your comment. It was during Musharraf's regime when all the news channels got their licenses. What has democracy done for Pakistan? Under democracy, only corruption can live not stable economy. You asked me a question about what other country has flourished under dictatorship?

Akil Akhtar
Jun 24, 2014 08:31am

Please leave us alone, we do not want any more saviors

obaid
Jun 24, 2014 09:03am

Why he did not go to see injured police men? He should be penalised as he being out sider creating problems for pakistan.govt must take up matter with canadian givt.further more there should be a law that if someone one gets nationakity of another country his pakistani nationality must be withdrawn forth with.

Samad Chaudhry
Jun 24, 2014 09:27am

@Usman Khan What message?
Message of hate and make the life of Pakistanis miserable. Hunger of power will not be fruitful You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can not fool all the people all the time. Do not exploit Pakistanis but teach them Love Humanity and Brotherhood not HATE that is being pursued by him

A concerned Pakistani
Jun 24, 2014 01:38pm

@obaid Pakistan allows dual nationality as does Canada

Imran
Jun 25, 2014 03:02am

An old senile man living in his fanatsy world.... Ok Pakistani so called democrazy is corrupt, but I'd rather have this system then anything else. A single brain cannot run a country of 180million people with a fantasy of a ten point agenda..

Munz
Jun 25, 2014 04:36am

Mr. Qadri, please bring the 'revolution' on your birthday...

rana1
Jun 25, 2014 09:33am

@AW .............if plan A and B would have been followed then GOD forbid if any terrorist would have used these events, the country would be facing more chaos. I think what the government did was right.

rana1
Jun 25, 2014 09:43am

@Malikpur Janderbari Abbottabad .......a ploy by his backers in the west.This is the man who incites others against the minorities of pakistan.

rana1
Jun 25, 2014 09:56am

@Imran Malik ... i never see his learned side in any of his lectures! all i see is a man making loud loud noise, thats it

rana1
Jun 25, 2014 09:57am

@hassanwali .....so who is funding PAT

Last Word
Jun 25, 2014 09:32pm

Both operations 'Zarb-e-Azb' and 'Qadri' started simultaneously are on course, which shall meet with roaring success soon.

khanm
Jun 26, 2014 04:25pm

Qadri threatens to topple govt, vows to lead 'revolution' Oh for God sake just do it... bring the revolution if you can ... No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... revolution is but thought carried into action

Ishrat
Jun 27, 2014 02:37am

@sapeace Addendum - TUQ's motto is - Me, myself and I.