Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. — File photo

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid (PML-Q) president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain revealed on Tuesday that some government authorities had decided to use force against the participants of the long march organised by Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran(TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, DawnNews reported.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Shujaat said that the decision was made to use force against the participants of Qadri's long march on Jan 16 upon which he, seeking to avoid a repeat of the Lal Masjid operation incident, contacted Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to press for negotiations.

Shujaat added that bloodshed on the scale of the Lal Masjid operation would have occurred had intervention not taken place.

The PML-Q president added that according to the agreement taken place with the TMQ chief,  elections would be held in a transparent manner.

Mushahid Hussain Syed, also belonging to the PML-Q, said that the country had averted a disaster through the "Islamabad declaration", adding that matter would have gotten out of hand had force been used.

Mushahid Hussain further said that the PML-Q president was discussing the setup of a caretaker government with coalition partners.

Tahirul Qadri would not contest the upcoming general elections, said Hussain, adding that the PML-Q had so far not considered the possibility of an electoral alliance with Qadri's party, the Pakistan Awam Tehrik' (PAT) , if they chose to participate in the upcoming elections.

More From This Section

Govt moves PPO in Senate amid protests

Minister Zahid Hamid tabled the bill which was then referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice.

‘Pakistan must break alleged links with Afghan insurgents’

Opposition senators call for ending ‘duplicity’ in and a serious rethink of the foreign policy formulation process.

Bombers’ trail leads to arrests from guava farm in south Punjab

Officials said they are comparing the bombers’ modus operandi with that of TTP and UBA in Islamabad Sabzi Mandi blast.

Federal cabinet meeting approves import of electricity, LNG

The meeting presided by premier Sharif also discussed the future of talks between the government and Taliban.

Comments are closed.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
From The Newspaper