Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Tahirul Qadri. — File Photo by AFP

LAHORE: Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri warned the Punjab government on Sunday that if it tried to obstruct its Jan 14 march on Islamabad he would unleash half of its participants on Lahore.

“We have been informed by leaders of our district, tehsil and union councils that local police and administration are harassing our party workers, people and transporters in a bid to stop them from joining the long march. Therefore, we ask the Punjab government to stop using such tactics; otherwise half of the four million marchers will turn to Lahore and the rest will go to Islamabad,” he warned while talking to reporters after addressing a gathering of party workers, lawyers, farmers and other people.

The TMQ chief said since he would be leading two million people to Islamabad, he would have no control over the other two million who might turn towards Lahore if the march was obstructed.

“Although our long march will be 100 per cent peaceful, I will not be responsible for those marching towards Lahore if the government doesn’t stop creating hurdles. The government will be responsible for such a situation,” he said.

Dr Qadri criticised leaders of various political parties and said that they always ignored their dedicated workers while awarding party tickets in elections. Instead of workers, he added, they nominated their offspring and relatives to contest elections.

He said the electoral system was corrupt and added that he knew well about the politics of ‘Biradaris’ and deals for winning seats. The TMQ’s agenda is to change this system.

He criticised the release of millions of rupees of funds in the name of development projects and said it was tantamount to pre-poll rigging.

Dr Qadri said the allegations being levelled against him were part of a character-assassination campaign.

He said the rulers who had failed to curb terrorism in the country were now trying to stop his march on the pretext that there were threats of bomb blasts. He appealed to the federal government against indulging in such tactics.

In reply to question about reports that Interior Minister Rehman Malik intended to visit the TMQ office, he said would inform the minister about his peaceful struggle in details if he came.

PML-N STANCE: Responding to DR Qadri’s warning, PML-N leader Senator Pervaiz Rashid said the Punjab government did not stop any political party from holding public meetings or protest demonstrations.

“We reject all allegations levelled by Mr Tahirul Qadri that the Punjab government is impounding vehicles and stopping his workers from participating in the long march. We are not at all doing this,” he said in a statement. It was like a candidate who cried after losing elections, he added.

“Mr Qadri held a public meeting in Lahore on Dec 23 for which the Punjab government provided excellent security arrangements,” he said, adding that posters and banners relating the TMQ march and its Dec 23 public meeting could be seen all over the province.

“It is a proof that the Punjab government does not believe in stopping any political party from holding public meetings or rallies in the province,” Senator Rashid said.

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Comments (12)

Masood Mehdi
January 7, 2013 6:51 am
We are with you Dr. Tahir Qadri sb and pray for your success. You are Imam Qumani of Pakistan and the Last hope for the citizens of this country.
January 7, 2013 12:00 pm
thx for giving me the info that he is even a maple leaf which can change its color
abid qureshi
January 7, 2013 12:10 pm
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri struggle is for the nation Insha Allah. If you see who are joining than you can see that these people are simple middle class workers / tajirs who are honest workers and lovers of Pakistan.
Keen Observer
January 7, 2013 6:09 am
I think Qadri Saab is now loosing it.
January 7, 2013 3:52 am
Every right thinking Pakistani is going to support Dr Qadri's march. This in fact is a litmus test for PML(N) and PTI whether they give prcedence to national interest or to party interest.
January 7, 2013 4:00 am
Dr. Tahir Qadri looks like a person who likes fame at any cost. He forgot that he is a Canadian resident for many years and not stood by people of Pakistan in harsh flood conditions or terrorism.
January 7, 2013 9:41 am
Pls define "right thinking pakistani"
Reggie Free
January 7, 2013 4:46 am
Mr. Qadri knows, he does NOT have the following to affect change within the election system. Politics of agitation does not bode well for the country. He, being a Canadian citizen, can no longer be in the assembly. Even a professed Sufi appears to have succumbed to vanity.
January 7, 2013 10:26 am
well who is this man by the way i know him since 1986 very closly at that time now some time he is shieat or suni or wahabi and even ahmadi i dont know where is stands but i f as he said he can fix the unfixable let him do it he will not have my vote as the others did not have and had it
Baba Ganoosh
January 7, 2013 7:33 am
Dr. Tahir-Ul-Padri Sahab, please go back to where you came from. You are no better than any of the jokers who are running this country. But they are better in one manner that they do not lie in the name of the religion yet. Look at this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpnC68_OUxs and tell me if you have any right to claim to be "Sheikh-Ul-Islam". Anyone who follows you and or thinks you are any better then anyone of them, then they are fooled.
January 7, 2013 2:22 pm
Well, this is the response to Mr. Baba Bunghash and his youtube link: The video has been selectively edited to give the wrong impression that Dr. Qadri is allowing Sajdah to him. People are clearly trying to kiss his feet and he is trying to stop them. Those against him should oppose him with reason and not with erroneous propaganda. Elsewhere,? Dr. Qadri has clarified that Sajdah to human beings, even Sajdah e Ta'zeem, is prohibited in Shriat e Muhammadi. Also, Islam does allow to kiss the one you love, and so the Sahabees use to do that to our beloved Prophet PBH. AK Houston, Texas
Abdur Razzaque
January 7, 2013 9:17 am
An ambitious fake leader with any clear ambition for the betterment of the common people of Pakistan. His activities is nothing than an ambiguous power capturing effort. Pakistan doesn't need this kind of politics or, a politician. The country only needs and looking for a party and leaders with brave and an ambitious realistic policy that can meet the common peoples hopes and aspirations and that can also raise the power and prestige of Pakistan out side of the world.
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