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RAWALPINDI: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said the government would take strict measures to tackle individuals like Tahirul Qadri to foil their efforts of spreading anarchy in the country, said a report published on Radio Pakistan.

He was speaking to media representatives outside the District Headquarters Hospital in Rawalpindi while visiting policemen who had been injured at the hands of Pakistan Awaami Tehreek (PAT) workers.

He said the world had seen how stick-wielding PAT workers had resorted to violence against police personnel on the directives of PAT chief Qadri, which was highly regrettable and condemnable.

Also read: Qadri threatens to topple govt, vows to lead 'revolution'

Rashid said the government had not created any hurdles over Qadri's return to Pakistan, but added that the law would take its course in the violent incidents that left over one hundred personnel of Islamabad and Punjab police injured.

The information minister said Tahirul Qadri had arrived in Pakistan on his own will but would leave the country when he was allowed by the law.

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imran Jun 24, 2014 05:39pm

'Anarchy' As if the PML-N is sooo democratic. It itself is a dictator type Pharaoh in the disguise of democracy.

Hammad Jun 24, 2014 05:44pm

PMLN is to democracy what TuQ is to revolution.

AbbasToronto Jun 24, 2014 05:48pm

It looks like Shabaz is planning to put Mr. Qadri in the same cell as Musharraf.

Nazir Jun 24, 2014 05:49pm

This is govt is not at all democratic govt.. It is a family dictatorship...

Khalid Jun 24, 2014 05:50pm

I think you have said everything that every Pakistani expected you to say. However, you have not said how sorry you are for killing 13 innocent Pakistani citizens. Gullu But was destroying cars in front of dozens of policemen but none of them has been tried for watching Gullu destroy properties like spectators. Please get hold of yourself. You are the government. Don't behave like a small party that has nothing to lose.

Karachiite Jun 24, 2014 06:06pm

History repeats itself. You Hijacked a plane in 1999 and were thrown away. 2014, you hijack a plane again - lets see who gets under the law!

Waseem Jun 24, 2014 06:08pm

its better to have actual martial law instead of civilian fake non productive martial law.

Buta Jun 24, 2014 06:10pm

How many Relatives of Nawaz Sharif are in the Government now.

Ahmed Jun 24, 2014 06:14pm

These politicians have forgotten they are elected representatives. Not our Kings. The way this "democracy" is going they will also be wiped out soon like PPP was.

Hira Jun 24, 2014 06:42pm

There was no doubt that Qadri followers are very peaceful and looking at the mob that gathered outside Islamabad and Lahore airport these incidents are very minor. PML(N) think that by giving these kind of statements people would forget what happened at model town lahore a few days back.

Rakaposhi Jun 24, 2014 07:04pm

This guy is a minister, that's the real tragedy!

abdul manan Jun 24, 2014 07:08pm

Qadri is responsible for all Anarchy,should be arrested.

Ganga Din Jun 24, 2014 07:11pm

Well said. Put him on ECL and let's tackle him and remind him whose homeland this is.

AJamal Jun 24, 2014 07:14pm

He meant to say "from now on".

raj Jun 24, 2014 07:16pm


Every democratically elected leader is dictator during his time in office.

Shahpur Jun 24, 2014 07:24pm

Yes. The rulers are well aware now and on Notice, that Dr. Qadri has arrived.

Aamir Jun 24, 2014 07:50pm

Sounds like a panicked government

Imran A. Jun 24, 2014 08:07pm

That is a message to the nation. If you mess with PML-N, then they will hurt you.

Bilal Jun 24, 2014 08:45pm

It looks like there is a delibrate effort from PMLN towards confrontation. Every other minister is commenting like they are boys from the back street.

Muhammed Ali Jun 24, 2014 08:52pm

This is a man who was proved to be a liar in only 24 hours..he is part of dictatorship, and sometimes i think Pakistanis get what they deserve, crooks like this...i am sick and tired of the word Democracy, i bet more than half of the waderas in Govt could not even spell it in Urdu never mind English..

Mirza Jun 24, 2014 09:05pm

Perfect example of people who are eating Pakistan inside out and can not stand anyone trying to stop them.Mr Rashid should realize that one day he will be answerable to the same Government when some honest person comes into power.

John, Canada Jun 24, 2014 09:08pm

PML N never learned any lesson from history. Those who don't goes into the dust bins of history.

Sultan Akhter Jun 24, 2014 09:31pm

Let the law take its course.

independentthinker Jun 24, 2014 09:50pm

I am not a fan of the present government, but in this case, I support them 100%. Pakistan has enough problems to deal with and this man has come to cause more disturbance. I hope he is taught a lesson and so are others, who are thinking of potentially stirring up disturbance. It appears with the military taking action against the insurgents, we are slowly going on the right track. Let us not change our focus - and if someone tries to, they should be severely dealt with!

imran ali Jun 24, 2014 09:57pm

please some body put a tape on his mouth..

Khalid Jun 24, 2014 10:18pm

Pervaiz Rashid must wake up and smell the coffee, TQ is not just an individual, he is the leader of a party and also if you could tackle him you wouldn't be putting Pakistan's image and economy at stake at the time of his touch down at Islamabad.

xulfjan Jun 24, 2014 10:39pm

And Killing of innocent civilians which started the whole ' anarchy' was just what the doctors ordered!! shame on you!

sharouk Jun 24, 2014 10:42pm

It is a Paradox that every dictator has climbed to the power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power, each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.

Herbert Hoover 31st President of the United States

Raja Jun 24, 2014 11:04pm

This is one of the Best statement I have heard so far. The traitors must be dealt harshly specially the foreign intruders like Qadri.

SHB Jun 24, 2014 11:05pm

I hope Mr Qadri is put in solitary confinement for rest of his life, not class -a but but class-D type jail. He is trying to create anarchy in the country.

Pragmatist Jun 24, 2014 11:09pm

Look who is talking. The greatest law breakers of Pakistan are the Sharif brothers, from horse trading during Benazir's time, to bank loan frauds, political agitations, diverting and trying to crash the airplanes carrying COAS, breaching their contracts with the government for staying out of Pakistan, poll rigging, corruption etc. etc.

M Rafique Jun 24, 2014 11:21pm

Seems to be an educated and matured person but always speaks like third rate street's political worker and lying every time, too.

Amjad Wyne Jun 24, 2014 11:22pm

Please do not tackle Qadri - your time and energy will be well spent on fixing yourself and this incompetent government

Munz Jun 24, 2014 11:33pm

Are you saying Pakistan is a democracy where you can come on your will but you cannot leave on your free will? LOL

Khan Jun 24, 2014 11:38pm

Every single member of Sharif (no pun intended) has been given a senior position in his government...... My mother tongue is not English, but is this not called "nepotism"? He who have done nothing wrong should embark upon fixing others, else, first reform yourself.

sohail Jun 24, 2014 11:42pm

Is this Democratic ? and who are you to tell who can come to Pakistan and who can't leave Pakistan ? PML N has forgotten that Pakistan is a free country and every citizen has a right to live its life as they will. They are free or leave the country if they must.

The information minister said Tahirul Qadri had arrived in Pakistan on his own will but would leave the country when he was allowed by the law.

This is not how democratic societies work. I was shocked to hear this so called " info minister's interview. putting name on ECL is a game for PMLN.

Masood Jun 24, 2014 11:48pm

PML-N talk in favor of Lal Masjid armed militants, what do they have to say about unarmed innocent women & children brutally massacred in lahore?

Rehan Jun 25, 2014 01:35am

@imran and which islamic govt is NON-pharaoh to u dude ? ... now whn there is govt on the play you cant always hit and try to sack it down ... like dis we all be lookin to pull down any elected government, fair or unfair. its clear and evident now that not pmln but all of pakistan is not in favor of TuQ ... just suck up the fact ... or you come down to prove yourself !

Rehan Jun 25, 2014 01:37am

@Karachiite - no government allows a person who directly threatens to topple a government that to from a foreign country, if it be US dude the plane would have been downed by F18s !

Rehan Jun 25, 2014 01:38am

@Buta - how many relatives where dere in each caliphate in muslim countries specially during ottoman empire !?

Rehan Jun 25, 2014 01:38am

@raj - true

fida sayani Sindhi Jun 25, 2014 01:42am

Qadri is a foreign national, in a civilized world if a foreign national comes to a country and stir up trouble, he would be arrested and tried in the court of law as a terrorist. This is what Pakistan should do. There is another foreign national Altaf Hussain who regularly create mischief in Pakistan, He should be persecuted in Pakistan and the party which designate that man as a chairman of the party should be banned in Pakistan.

Dr. Sehar Khan Jun 25, 2014 02:30am


ZAIN KHAN Jun 25, 2014 02:38am

@Bilal How right you are. All of them are acting like primary school children always ready to fight. The only cool headed person among them is Mr Sarwar, the governor of Punjab i believe.

Raja Jun 25, 2014 03:14am

Government should arrest the foreign intruder Qadri, put him behind bars for good and concentrate on IDPs well being.

naveed Jun 25, 2014 03:18am

The real dictatorship mind is coming out. People of Pakistan are with people. Not with the aggressor. Every one knows how police work all over punjab with dictator shehbaz

naveed Jun 25, 2014 03:24am

It seems pakistani laws are personnel proprty of sharif family.

Fazal Rahmat Jun 25, 2014 04:08am

"Tahirul Qadri had arrived in Pakistan on his own will but would leave the country when he was allowed by the law". Really, I will think twice before going back home now. I didn't know it is a crime for overseas Pakistanis to go back home.

Khawar Jun 25, 2014 04:47am

These kind of individuals are more loyal than dogs.

Jawad Jun 25, 2014 05:53am

Strict measures for people Spreading anarchy? Sir--- anarchy is being spread by Taliban ---the one you have trying to talk to. Finally army had to take over(thank God) No matter what his( maulana TahirulQadri) politics is,killing unarmed people in cold blood ???? Go and try to fight like this against talibans. They are killing people every day. Is that not anarchy.

Moin Kamal Jun 25, 2014 07:47am

What else Nawaz Govt do but put all on ECL list. Nawaz Shareef will face the same fate as Anwar Sadat as he become a cruel Leader. When hungry nation get tired of Shareef RAJ,than they rise up. Read history of Russian and French revolutions. I hope your Govt leaders can read and write.