Tahirul Qadri gestures upon his arrival at a protest march in Islamabad on early Jan 15, 2013. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ), Dr Tahirul Qadri, has decided to challenge in a Canadian court his summoning to that country on Feb 5 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to explain as to why he had violated the oath he took when seeking asylum there, DawnNews reported.

However, Qadri's counsel, Mendel Green, had refused to represent the TMQ chief in this case.

Green had assisted Qadri in his asylum application to Canada which was accepted in 2009.

The RCMP has reportedly said that Qadri had violated his oath which did not allow him to enter the country he had sought asylum from.

Separately, a spokesman for the TMQ has declared news reports over Qadri's summoning as baseless.

After holding a long march and a sit-in in Islamabad, Qadri had reached a deal with Pakistan's ruling coalition on Thursday that would give his party some say over the formation of a caretaker government ahead of elections this spring. Qadri's party may also participate in the elections.

The cleric's reappearance on Pakistan's political stage a few weeks ago after years of living in Canada, and his calls for the military to play a role in forming an interim administration, has raised speculation he may be backed by the country's powerful army. Qadri and the military deny this.

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Hasnain Haque
January 19, 2013 8:45 pm
Mr Zafar I agree with you but if that was the case then there would not be many people left in Pakistan or the government.
January 20, 2013 2:44 pm
Is the pakistani public going to put him on trial of BREAKING their TRUST?
January 19, 2013 8:51 pm
We Pakistani are quick to judge and bashing others waite and see what he said when he asked for his asylum in Canada no one knows the truth and the entire story about Dr: Qadri every thing will comes out soon.
Cyrus Howell
January 19, 2013 6:23 pm
It was a leap of faith. He did not garner enough support to remain in Pakistan.
January 19, 2013 8:39 am
Outsourced revolution by army!!
January 19, 2013 2:17 pm
Mr qadri is honourable man and he only lies for financial reasons or Canadian immigration and now he is Pakistan to teach people how not to live a lie yes welcome mr qadri we could use a honest mullah like you. Mr Qadri ism forgetting what does Islam says about lie?
Muhammad yousaf
January 19, 2013 1:25 pm
If Dr Qadri sought asylum in Canada ....he lied to get into Canada. I am wondering what type of morals he possesses to lie under an oath to the Canadian judge. He claims to be a religious scholar and he lied under oath. I have attended and listened to his religious speeches in Canada. He is a very good speaker and impresses his audience. But he lied under the oath to Canadian judge is beyond my understanding and imagination. May Allah help him.
January 20, 2013 2:43 pm
So you have given up. Is there no honest person around. Will we have to be happy with the LESSER dishonest ones?
January 19, 2013 6:26 am
I know a lot of Canadians are upset that Tahirul Qadri has made a mockery of Canada's asylum and citizenship. He claims that his life is threatened in Pakistan which is why he is a refugee in Canada but then goes back to Pakistan to play politics? Moreover, he was living in Canada on state welfare which is khayrat coming from the tax dollars of working Canadians for poor people. He said a number of things on Pak media which also upset Canadians. For example, he justified needing Canadian citizenship for the passport which would let him travel without a visa and also he said he needed health care on the advice of his doctors. People in Canada talk about the abuse of immigration laws. abuse of benefits and people getting citizenship for convenience and not because they are committed to Canada. I think Tahirul Qadri will now have a tough time in Canada's courts but he won't be able to have a long march in Canada to threaten the courts or government.
January 19, 2013 9:03 am
Liers & cheats must not be allowed any more in this country.
Hasnain Haque
January 19, 2013 8:01 am
You are absolutely right Ali, just shows the hypocracy of the man and unfortunately thousands end up following him. What does that tell you about the society in Pakistan.
January 19, 2013 6:42 am
I think we should dig in what deal he had made? They way he did, any one from outside of Pakistan can come and do it again. He said or they said this is revolution ( Inqlab) what kind of inqlaab it is? really ?
January 19, 2013 1:43 pm
I wish he loses the Canadian citizenship if he has done otherwise than what he pledged during oath taking.If true then he should tell me whether this act of his is not fraud and corruption. Pakistan does not want any messiah form outside.
Farooq Ali
January 19, 2013 8:11 am
Thanks to Canadian Police for raising curtain.
January 19, 2013 6:52 am
If Qadri's Canadian citizenship is based on political asylum, for sure he will loose that. It was not his life in danger visting Pakistan and leading the demonstration but he had put thousands of life in harm's way while himself sitting in a bullet proof RV (Recreational Vehicle)
Dr Zaheer
January 19, 2013 8:45 am
It appears from the Canadian Authority's claim, that Mr Qadri was not a naturalized immigrant citizen in Canada but, for fears (to his life?) in Pakistan, had sought refuge in Canada and at that time he had taken an oath that if he gets an asylum there,, he will not go back to Pakistan. Well if a person claimimg to be an Islamic religious scholar, goes back on his solemn oath,, he loses all credibility If a muslim goes back on his word given so publically, what can we say about his 'eeman'?
January 19, 2013 6:59 am
If Qadri's Canadian citizenship is based on political asylum, then for sure he is going to loose it. It was not his life in any kind of danger visiting Pakistan rather he had put thousands of other people's lives in a harm's way by staging a politcal demonstration with himself sitting in a bullet proof RV (Recreational Vehicle)
January 19, 2013 2:38 pm
if Qadri did indeed claim political asylum, then at best he has been dishonest. at worst he has shown himself to be no different than the rest of us who knowingly justify the means by the end. however he is still a cut above the Sharif and zardari clans.
Saeed Akhtar
January 19, 2013 10:14 am
Qadri the liar has been exposed again, this time by Canada, his second home. Will the Canadian Government now tell us what pretext he used to obtain his Canadian citizenship, and why he was allowed to travel to Pakistan in violation of his asylum agreement? He should now be arrested and tried for treason in Pakistan. The sooner we get rid of this menace the better it will be for the country.
January 19, 2013 10:11 am
Little that I know of asylums, you only get it when you have sufficiently maligned the country you are seeking asylum from. Would be interesting to have a look at Dr. Qadri's asylum statements, and what good things he had to say about Pakistan in those statements.
January 19, 2013 12:43 pm
Why are so many people surprised at this drama staged by a person like Qadri. History of Pakistan is full of these events. How many of our leaders had lived in Pakistan all their lives. One of them has been staying in England and controlling a political party in Pakistan. Another such "future" leader is Bilawal Bhutto who has spent most of his life outside Pakistan and is now Chairman of a major political party. This "tradition" will continue, unfortunately.
January 19, 2013 8:46 am
Cleric-Oath-Political Asylum-Long March. What a hilarious combination!
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