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In this Jan 9, 2013, photo, Tahirul Qadri speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Lahore. — Photo by AP/File

ISLAMABAD: Whether or not Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has achieved his goals during the Islamabad sit-in, he may return to Canada later this month, according to sources.

However, TMQ officials have denied that he will return to Canada by the end of the month. According to some media reports, Dr Qadri will leave by an Emirates flight on Jan 28, a day after holding a meeting with government functionaries at the TMQ’s offices in Lahore.

This meeting about the possible revamping of the Election Commission of Pakistan was mentioned in the ‘Islamabad Long March Declaration’ that was signed by Prime Minister Raja Ashraf Pervez and his 10-member team.

TMQ spokesman Tanveer Khan told Dawn that it was true that Dr Qadri and his family had confirmed seats for Jan 28, since at the time of booking seats in Canada they were bound by international airlines laws to purchase return tickets. He categorically denied Dr Qadri leaving the country on this date but did not rule out a journey in near future.

The TMQ has 90 offices around the globe and Dr Qadri is a frequent traveller either for managing organisational matters or for giving lectures, he said.

Critics have apprehension at Dr Qadri’s agenda and goal with many believing that he did everything on the behest of western forces and would again settle down in Canada once his objectives were achieved.

The spokesman said that the TMQ was planning partaking in forthcoming elections and Dr Qadri may not contest personally but his party will.

Media reports say Dr Qadri obtained Canadian nationality on security grounds and was now called summoned by the Canadian government on Feb 5, to explain as to why he violated the oath he took when seeking asylum.

The TMQ spokesman said that the TMQ chief did not obtain Canadian citizenship because of security concerns but to get a credible travel document for seeking visas of different countries. He delivers around 100 lecturers a year.


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Cyrus Howell
Jan 19, 2013 07:05am
He probably will return to Canada because he doesn't like eating his dinner with a flashlight.
Bbbb
Jan 20, 2013 10:28am
One of them is a part time job, and the other is a well paid job, no clash of interest. Guess which, witch is which? No prize for a correct guess-:)
Hasnain Haque
Jan 20, 2013 04:58pm
Just for record you cannot just get a Canadian citizenship for convenience of travel. He either qualified through their highly qualified system or claimed asylum on grounds of fear for his life due to his political affiliations or beliefs. If he was granted asylum and then citizenship then he is a liar, hypocrite and a fraud. He defrauded the Canadian system, took benefits and abused their hospitality and their citizenship for personal gain. If he did that then he is well suited for Pakistani politics which is full of cheats and corrupt people but if he didnt then he has nothing to answer for. Only Mr Qadri can tell you this, if he has nothing to hide then he should come out in the open and say so.
Siddiqui (UK)
Jan 19, 2013 02:49pm
Educated? yes, popular? not so much. You have stated that he came to Pakistan with goals, can you please shed light on what goals he has achieved other then the long march? Did he get rid of corrupt leaders? No, he shook hands with them! All that has been said about the deal, would have happened anyway. Someone is his position can make a real difference if they are sincere but IMO from all that has happened, it seems he is only looking out for himself. We all (those living in Pakistan and Expats) want to see a positive change in Pakistan. Ask what you can do for Pakistan? VOTE Wisely! Make your VOTE count! by not letting the same corrupt leaders come back into power. In-sha Allah positive change will come! VOTE FOR CHANGE!
Vorshal
Jan 19, 2013 01:18pm
I think Qadri is a front for the former president of Pakistan, and he is doing all this to facilitate his return to politics. Once he achieves his goal, he will return.
Ahmed
Jan 19, 2013 05:39am
He came, he saw, he talked, and talked, and talked and talked, and then left.. by acheiving nothing. what a joke!
Zulfi Haq
Jan 19, 2013 12:53pm
Did he lie to the Canadian Authorities when applying for asylum in Canada? Can one be a cleric and a liar at the same time?
malik
Jan 19, 2013 02:32pm
he got more than all the politicians combined.
Jamshed Khan
Jan 19, 2013 02:27pm
This is what surprises and depressed me about our naive people. Mr Qadri was brought to stardom by Sharifs in the 1980's. He went from strength to strength and then eventually ended up in Canada. Why would he come back so suddenly? How come he had so much marketing budget to organise a march against the govt at such a scale - the aim of which was the demand from a corrupt Govt to resign or else (I will go back to Canada). He then reaches a deal with this corrupt Govt with meeting the key objective of this march. What was the deal he made with the corrupt Govt? Why has he not disclosed this deal to his thousands of followers who tolerated rain and cold for many days while he was enjoying a bullet-proof, heated cabin and enjoying the finest cuisines. And now he is planning to go back to Canada. What are we to think of such a man - can someone out there please tell us?
Sal
Jan 19, 2013 09:57am
Well the NHL strike is over and the season is set to start.
Sehrish
Jan 19, 2013 07:14am
Aandhi ki tarha aya, ar toofan ki tarha chala jaye ga.
Cyrus Howell
Jan 19, 2013 07:08am
His followers can always return to Islamabad in warmer weather with or without him.
Rkhan
Jan 19, 2013 11:10am
"The TMQ spokesman said that the TMQ chief did not obtain Canadian citizenship because of security concerns but to get a credible travel document for seeking visas of different countries." Sounds like a citizenship of convenience and comfort, which many pakistanis are unable to afford. How can this man sleep at night, he is not even honest to himself.
a.k.lal
Jan 19, 2013 06:28am
he came, he saw, he went back.
A.S.MOOSA
Jan 19, 2013 09:52am
NOW CAME THE NEWS THAT HE WAS GIVEN ASYLUM IN CANADA AND HE TOOK AN OATH , WHICH WAS AGAIN NOT A TRUE OATH. SO THE CANADIAN COURT ISSUED A SUMMON FOR HIM TO PRESENT HIMSELF ON 5TH FEBRUARY. WHAT KIND OF RELEGIOUS LEADER IS HE?
Asad
Jan 19, 2013 09:20am
He came, he wasted timed and may return to waste more of every ones time! People of Pakistan are already awake thanks to the best print and electronic media in the world. Infact the media of Pakistan is the THE people of Pakistan-sincere, truthful(not always), and innovative. The ginny is out of the bottle...Wake up guys (n gals)
Fawad
Jan 19, 2013 08:08am
Good riddance
niaz muhammad
Jan 19, 2013 08:10am
if he was serious about pakistani nation , why he did not came before. otherwise he is educated , intelligent muslim scholar.
qambar ali
Jan 19, 2013 08:28am
it will be intresting to see if he gethers a crowd and march on canadian capital with xyz demands, after all being a canadian national he must have a reformist agenda there also
pathanoo
Jan 19, 2013 04:44am
The camera lights are switched off and he has no reason to stay. WOULD YOU, IF YOU HAD A CHOICE TO GO BACK TO LIVE IN CANADA?
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Jan 19, 2013 03:38am
One must be very judicious when commenting on any issue like Dr Qadri flying out to Canada. Next meeting on Election Commission is on 27th so he can fly on 28th. All the rest 3 points of his agenda were finalized in few hours in Islamabad so likewise 1 day is more than enough to agree to. Who and why raises his finger about Dr Qadri returning to Canada? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / iqbalhadizaidi.formerdiplomat@hotmail.com
karim
Jan 19, 2013 04:00am
Looks like Mullah Qadri had a fun holiday in Pakistan. Too bad he could not bring a revolution during his tour of Pakistan.
Ash Mirza (USA)
Jan 19, 2013 04:01am
Dr.Qadri is well educated and very popular person in community. His followers are all over the world. So please dont make out any non-sense stories. Just wait and see. Keep in mind he came to Pakistan not just for long march, but his goal was to get rid of currupt leaders and help Pakistani citizens, and bring justice, and let people know people can make diffrence." Ask not what Pakistan can do for you. Ask what you can do for Pakistan" May God bless you all. If situation will get better and we people feel safe, than we will come and visit , and many will start business in Pakistan and it will openup job market in Pakistan..Lets HOPE for the best..Inshallah.. Sincerely, Ash Mirza (USA)
Cohen
Jan 19, 2013 02:49am
Better deport people like him back to Pakistan. By receiving govt grant from Canada, he is doing Jihad.