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

LAHORE: The leader of Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) Dr Tahirul Qadri on Friday said that the long march would continue as planned on Jan 14 and federal and Punjab governments would be responsible for any untoward incidents.

“No one should harbour any doubt that there will be a march, as scheduled, on time,” he said.

Speaking to media representatives at a press conference in Lahore, Qadri said the courts had declared his long march to be legal and constitutional. Therefore, all opponents calling the march unconstitutional would be guilty of committing contempt of court.

He thanked the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for their support and announced that the long march would continue despite the MQM’s withdrawal.

The MQM had announced its decision that it would not participate in Qadri’s long march earlier on Friday, citing “serious security threats” after a series of blasts killed 102 people in Quetta on Thursday.

However, in his press conference on Friday, said that he would continue with the march as planned despite security fears.

“I am not scared of death, I will convene members of my family tonight and convey my last will, to tell them what they should do if I am assassinated,” Qadri hit back. “Let them seal Islamabad, we will open our routes.”

The TMQ chief said that no organisation had issued threats of attacks on the long march. He added that should a ‘terrorist’ attack target the march, the responsibility shall fall on the federal and Punjab governments.

Moreover, Qadri said that either the federal and provincial governments had completely failed at curbing violence, or they were supporting terrorism in the country. He said that despite their incompetence, the current government continues to rule the country in an obstinate manner.

Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has called Qadri's march a “conspiracy to destabilise the government”.

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ChangaManga
January 11, 2013 7:13 pm
Is Qadri going to pay for security arrangement? He should be held responsible for any problem.
Devendra Sharma
January 11, 2013 6:11 pm
I think Mr. Qadri must think not twice but ten times before he does finalize the long march. With out a full support of Army (not police or ranger) he should not go ahead.It is very easy to say I don't care if I die.Yes, it is true that you have nothing to worry once you are not alive but ask them who have lost their loved one.
azam Qadeer
January 11, 2013 3:49 pm
Molana sb please do not try to destroy more Pakistan. normal human begin is all ready suffering becaue of wrong decisions of our leaders. Do something good with peaceful actions
ali ahmed
January 11, 2013 2:38 pm
we pray for your life and success...there is one man whohas challenged the status quo
Ram
January 11, 2013 6:01 pm
MQM...a middle class/path party.Between Qadri and PPP
Ali
January 11, 2013 5:17 pm
This guy has broken all records of greed. Yesterday 100s of people died and he is still bent upon bringing millions on streets and exposing their lives. All this only because he wants to become caretaker PM through back door. Shame on you.
Bismillah Khan
January 11, 2013 9:00 pm
What is all this fuss about this long march?
Shahid
January 11, 2013 9:07 pm
We all know TMQ and the agenda, the way he is talking indicates backing from anti Pakistan elements and much more, people be aware.
Sana
January 12, 2013 7:38 pm
All this is so ridiculous. It seems like Dr. Qadri has a death wish! Its all a ruse to postpone the elections. Who'll be responsible if the long march results in innocent people being killed?
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