While talks have begun between a government delegation and Tahirul Qadri inside the bullet-proof container from which the cleric has been addressing crowds for the last three days. His supporters who have been participating in the sit-in have been enduring rain in the capital since Thursday morning. Qadri had given the government a 'last deadline' of 3pm to meet his demands which was then extended to 3:45 pm.

Qadri, who returned from Canada last month, is demanding that Pakistan enact reforms before the general elections scheduled to be held by mid-May. He called upon the corrupt to be disqualified from running for elections. He highlighted the fact that paying only lip service to the Constitution and law should not be acceptable and what is needed is the actual and strict enforcement of the Constitution and law in Pakistan.

The cleric called upon Pakistani citizens to "Come out of your homes to save Pakistan, save the future of your children”. Lots of free food was available in the form of food trucks that came and went with people lining up orderly in queues. The women camped on one side of the road with many young children, while men, young and old, stayed on the other side of divider. Closer to Qadri’s bullet proof container where he's now living, young men wearing caps and badges displaying Qadri’s Minhaj ul Quran charitable organization.

As crowds wait it out patiently the talks inside the container continue. Some images from this rainy morning. - Text Rina Saeed Khan and Dawn.com

A supporter of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri enjoys the rain at a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17, 2013.  – Photo by AFP
A supporter of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri enjoys the rain at a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri gather in the rain at a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17, 2013.  – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri gather in the rain at a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri (C-below) addresses his supporters from his makeshift room at a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17, 2013.  – Photo by AFP
Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri (C-below) addresses his supporters from his makeshift room at a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri gather in the rain at a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri gather in the rain at a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri take shelter from the rain under a table at a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17, 2013.  A populist Pakistani cleric calling for electoral reforms announced that a mass sit-in of tens of thousands of people camped outside parliament in Islamabad would end January 17.  – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri take shelter from the rain under a table at a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17, 2013. A populist Pakistani cleric calling for electoral reforms announced that a mass sit-in of tens of thousands of people camped outside parliament in Islamabad would end January 17. – Photo by AFP
Pakistani policemen stand guard on the fourth day of protests in Islamabad early on January 17, 2013.  Pakistan
Pakistani policemen stand guard on the fourth day of protests in Islamabad early on January 17, 2013. Pakistan's president on January 16 intervened to stop authorities from using force against protesters who are calling for parliament to be dissolved in Islamabad's largest political rally in years. – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of Minhaj-ul-Quran, listen to him while standing in the rain during the fourth day of protest in Islamabad January 17, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of Minhaj-ul-Quran, listen to him while standing in the rain during the fourth day of protest in Islamabad January 17, 2013. – Photo by AFP

Comments (15) Closed




Immad
Jan 18, 2013 06:58am
I salute these people for their courage and determination against all odds, whether heavenly like rain or by the opposition of poeple like negative campaign against their cause by media, politicians and unformtunately some people as well.
khan
Jan 19, 2013 04:26am
ur right bro
ali
Jan 18, 2013 07:50pm
He atleast had moral and courage to raise voice, look at what you are doing. Sitting in home using internet and discouraging those who have courage. By now you must be awfully ashamed if you can think.
Muhammad Zein El-Abidin
Jan 18, 2013 12:56am
Tahir qadri is a disgusting politician. Sure, he camps in a warm, bullet-proof bus while his tricked followers are stuck in the cold and rain. Pathetic!
ahmed
Jan 18, 2013 08:02am
i wonder why MR. Qadri did not even come out. I am not knowledgeable of pakistani politics, but a leader cannot be trusted when he is so weak that he can't even come out in open to speak to his supporters.
rabeea
Jan 17, 2013 12:46pm
Pathetic politicians.
Tansar
Jan 17, 2013 08:07pm
God bless you guys. You made a history!
Hakim
Jan 17, 2013 07:57pm
He is comfortably staying in the warm and secure bus(?) and public is suffering in the cold weather. How pathetic.
MJK
Jan 17, 2013 05:44pm
No matter how you look at it, if Qadri even succeeds half way, it is the victory of frustrated, disgruntled ordinary man/woman. No one wants to sleep in cold & rain, you cant't force them unless people want to be the part of struggle.
Sehal
Jan 18, 2013 02:59pm
One of the best pictures! Another example of peaceful protest.
sali
Jan 18, 2013 09:46am
A completely useless excercise but must commend Qadri for showing Talibans and other Mullah's how to mobilize people without violance.
Susanta
Jan 18, 2013 09:59am
Pakistan Prime minister position in Pakistan like india's village ward member
Susanta
Jan 18, 2013 10:01am
Its Absolutely correct
Jamshed Khan
Jan 18, 2013 01:57pm
How will our people understand that we have not a single politician who cares for them? Qadri drama finally ends after all the big claims he made before starting the protest. People will go back to their home and I am very sure forget what drama a so-called scholar played with them.
Jamshed Khan
Jan 18, 2013 02:45pm
We are nothing but a bunch of fools.