Interior Minister Rehman Mailk. — Photo by AP/File

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday challenged Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Tahirul Qadri’s prior claims that four million people had participated in his long march from Lahore to Islamabad.

The federal interior minister further said that the number of participants in the long march could not be greater than 25,000-30,000, adding that he would inform Qadri about the actual numbers when the latter would arrive in Islamabad.

The interior minister also threatened to issue a 'white paper' against Qadri and demanded that the latter leave Islamabad on moral grounds.

He added that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was probing the expenditure of the long march.

The interior minister further said that fool-proof security arrangements had been made for the long march and that the interior ministry had provided security for the long march as promised.

Malik has previously dismissed Qadri’s long march as “nothing more than a blanket march” and a “suicide attack on democracy.”

He has also accused the TMQ chief of attempting to derail the democratic process and postpone the upcoming general elections.

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January 14, 2013 5:54 pm
Pakistan is the only country I know of where a foreign national (Tahir Ul Qadri is a Canadian citizen) can come in to the country and dictate how the country should be run. And, create mass unrest. No where else in the world it would be allowed. He would be packed up and with a swift kick in his Arse be deported to be never allowed in again. ONLY IN THE LAND OF THE PURE!!!! WHAT A COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!
January 14, 2013 6:29 pm
Do we even care as to what this useless Rehman Malik has to say? 4 million of 4 lacs or 4 thousand, who cares? The point is that Pakistani people are sick of the likes of Malik et-al. They have failed Pakistan and the public is sick and tired of more of the same.
January 14, 2013 6:43 pm
Qadri is losing his credibility. He should decide on which boat he wants to sail.
Arif Malik
January 15, 2013 7:46 am
Don't you people think this person is ruing the systesm? if his demands accepted then what about popular parties who have more strength in streets, they brought out their people then? isn't this is going to anarchy. this was not a time for such dramas, instead everybody have vote power and with media support bring new people if you want change.
January 14, 2013 5:23 pm
support n help Qadri saab......
Muhammad Farooq
January 14, 2013 4:59 pm
What about Dr. Qadri's persistent claims that Punjab Government has done everything in its power to create obstacles and not letting the people join the march including take away the driving licenses of the drivers who wanted to be the part of the march. Can Minister Rehman Malik answer it?
January 14, 2013 4:52 pm
Relax he is just the excitement a dull Pakistan needed
January 15, 2013 1:59 am
Fresh " blood" . Not enough ?
jd shami
January 14, 2013 4:45 pm
Quadri: U R the man to stop this democratic dictatorship. These 25 families will keep on ruling this country if Qudari fails.
khalid sheikh
January 14, 2013 2:24 pm
This is a dead Nation.Wake up everybody the Revolution is here .
khalid sheikh
January 14, 2013 2:31 pm
Sheikh Rasheed and Imran Khan where are you ?get your people and go out there.the Revolution is here.Now is the time to throw these wanted criminals from the Govt.and bring in fresh Blood
Cyrus Howell
January 14, 2013 2:54 pm
In a country with no electric and no video games the long march is something for people to do.
Ankahi Baatein
January 14, 2013 3:14 pm
Now his figures have risen from hundreds to thousands!....Why doesnt Rehman Malik keep his mouth shut!!??? Instead of coming up with concrete solutions he never fails to make himself a laughing stock in every crisis Pakistan faces!
January 14, 2013 8:31 pm
Dr Qadri whole nation will be with you soon, we need revolution, we have to through out those corrupt politicians, pakistan need reforn with honest people.God bless people of pakistan.
M. Asghar
January 14, 2013 2:08 pm
Mr. Malik along with some others, has done his best so as not allow the rooting in of democracy apart from a vicious feudalocracy tha has purposefully brought the country to darkness in everysphere of life for its people.
Asif Kahsmiri
January 14, 2013 1:48 pm
qadri I dont get you
M. Asghar
January 14, 2013 2:04 pm
Mr. Malik along with some others, has done his best as to not allow the rooting in of democracy beyond a vicious feudalocarcy that has puposely brought the country to darkness in every aspect.
January 14, 2013 2:03 pm
For once I am forced to support the assertion of Rahman Malik, physical count of the participants of the long march should be carried out in the presence of the media and once again the the nation should be reminded of this lies of this imposter
January 14, 2013 2:08 pm
Mailk sahib, how many people would turn up to your march?
January 14, 2013 2:37 pm
It is a big joke if Qadri claims 4 miillion.
January 16, 2013 11:02 am
Mr. Qadri is a Pakistani by birth. He later acquired Canadian citizenship through the proper legal channels to -- in his own words -- assist him with managing his global TMQ network and to travel and deliver lectures around the world. So, your point is moot that he's a foreign national. He's a dual nationality holder and by definition he is also a Pakistani. If, however, he wants to contest elections at a later stage he would have to renounce his Canadian citizenship. Until then, hold your horses.
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