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Qadri takes a U-turn to ‘allies’ surprise

Updated Jun 27, 2014 10:31am


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LAHORE: Announcing an ‘all-party conference’ on the Model Town incident on Sunday, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has backtracked from his earlier stance of forming a political alliance against the government.

“Forming any alliance or a grand alliance had never been my agenda,” Dr Qadri told the media after meeting leaders of various political and religious parties at PAT headquarters here on Thursday.

PML-Q leaders Chaudhry Shujaat and Pervaiz Elahi, who had signed a 10-point agenda and worked on forming an anti-government alliance for materialising the agenda along with PAT leadership in London on May 31, were also present during the media talk.

Section 4 of the agreement as accessed by Dawn on PAT’s official website after the media talk on Thursday reads: “In these circumstances, there is a dire need that all patriotic political forces and segments agree on a broader revolutionary agenda and wage a joint struggle for establishment of transparent and participatory democracy in Pakistan in the real sense.”

Backtracks on forming anti-govt alliance; calls APC on 29th

Whereas Section 8 of the agreement highlights the unanimity of views between both the sides on reaching out to other political forces to seek support for the cause. It says: “Demonstrating their complete consensus on the above-mentioned executive and administrative devolution plan and 10-point revolutionary, people’s agenda, Pakistan Muslim League and Pakistan Awami Tehreek have agreed to reach out to and enlist the support of patriotic political forces and segments and launch a countrywide revolutionary movement.”

Dr Qadri termed the alliance reports mere media speculations as discussions on the issue never took place at any point.

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“Toppling the government has not been my agenda,” he stressed, adding that the struggle would continue until an end to the ‘system of cruelty’.

The PAT chief said that after consulting various leaders, he had called an APC on June 29 on a single agenda of Model Town tragedy when the unarmed citizens were murdered during the police raid. He said he would never retract from the agenda of eliminating the existing system, and said that a ‘peaceful fight’ would be fought for establishing a new system.

Mr Elahi indirectly denied Qadri’s claim by saying that the discussion on 10-point agenda had been postponed for the time being. Only the APC, he said, was discussed in today’s (Thursday’s) meeting.

Sunni Ittehad Council chief Hamid Raza also said only Model Town tragedy was discussed.

Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid had publicly and categorically stated a day ago (on Wednesday) after a meeting with Qadri here that a grand alliance would be formed within four to six weeks.

Published in Dawn, June 27th, 2014


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Anjum Arshi Jun 27, 2014 05:53am

Democracy, even in its worst form, is better than Army coup to which Qadri an Queue League are leading. Pakistani people are no fools. They can see that Mr. Qadri lives in Canada, travels in first class and demands highest security and comfort for him, leaving his followers in the lurch. Pakistanis also remember that the Chaudhris of Gujrat had many opportunities to bring out a revolution or at least do something good for the people when they were in power, not too long ago. I think we should give the present government a chance . Their performance so far has been fair. Pakistanis know that the present rulers are no angels from heaven and expect no miracles. But things are relatively better than last year. Give them a chance to work.

Anjum Arshi Jun 27, 2014 06:05am

Shaikh Rashid had publicly and categorically declared he would resign from his MNA seat if dollar ever touched 98 rupees. It happened and we see Shaikh did not give up his perks as MNA, although he is hardly ever heard inside the Assembly. A grand alliance backed by the dreaded Establishment is also his dream, a short cut to power. I recommend to Mr. Qadri to please make Shaikh Sahib his Deputy when he himself is declared the 'Chief Executive' by the Establishment. Long live Pakistan and Canada!

Musleh Uddin Ahmad Jun 27, 2014 06:17am

Our politician being corrupt and pathetic liars are not going to bring any positive change in Pakistan. Pakistan will evolve only under economic and social pressure of marginalized middle and lower-middle class. God save us from our politicians.

Abdul Malik Jun 27, 2014 06:50am

This man Qadri is nothing short of being a fake person. He enjoys a peaceful life in Toronto, Canada, savours media attention and whenever he has an itch, he creates trouble for everyone, specially his followers. Innocent lives are either lost and/or injured and then he arrives in Pakistan blowing his trumpet of ridding the current corrupt system and politician and openly talks about revolution. Is he a person to be taken seriously? The Chaudharys of Gujrat are only towing his line because they are arch rivals of the Sharifs and would bend backward to throw spanner in the works for the PML-N. It is high time the people of Pakistan reject Qadri and send him back to Canada.

Javed Rahman Jun 27, 2014 07:23am

The air is out of the ballon

Saeed Shah Jun 27, 2014 07:30am

@Abdul Malik I agree with Abdul Malik. Chaudharies need Qadri as they do not have any public support. Qadri is a failed politician. He is an acknowledged scholar and he should focus on his strength i.e., write books and make speeches.

SaeedS Jun 27, 2014 07:38am

So all these people in picture are the only hope for the country. These people turn everything around.

Aj Jun 27, 2014 08:14am

Mr khaki Qadri " Please do not take u turn this time please complete you show and take the results back to Canada.

GA Jun 27, 2014 08:19am

Just don't understand this Pakistani obsession with following religious cults. Usually the urban middle classes and women amongst them being the biggest followers.

huzaifah Jun 27, 2014 08:25am

Sher Aaaya.... Sher Aaya... Sher Aaaya ..!

Aj Jun 27, 2014 08:32am

No man, he is standing near the level crossing and waiting for the absolute signal.

Fahd Siddiqui Jun 27, 2014 08:38am

Lives in canada, wants to do good for pakistan.Travels first class.

Woes to die for his cause, demands bulletproof car while his supporters die.

Protests in the cold of winter in a heated container, while his supporters shiver in cold.

Makes demands and takes Uturns.

Who is this guy? Why does he come and go as he pleases? Why do people support him? Are we blind to his contradictions? "Kya ye khula tizad nahi?"

NINO Jun 27, 2014 08:56am

@Anjum Arshi

Pragmatic and fair analysis. In my view, some of these parties are going hoarse as they fear that once the projects conceived and begun by this government begin producing results, this motley crowd will not get a chance to rule for atleast another five years. The incumbents are hardly the most desirable but ,under the present circumstances, no other government has worked so hard and without wasting time made good efforts to control the uncontrolable circumstances they inherited.

NINO Jun 27, 2014 08:58am

@GA This is the tragedy with us.

Q Abbasi Jun 27, 2014 09:16am

@Abdul Malik We do not need him back in Canada.

Q. Khatana Jun 27, 2014 09:31am

Those who r quick to paint everyone against the govt in khaki colours fall in the same category. Qadri's masters are those who gave him asylum and don't ask questions now. They will come into action to save him if he is proceeded against by law.

Enaam E. Hanid Jun 27, 2014 09:32am

@Anjum Arshi . But what about political orphans who are conspiring against the state with the connivance of a foreign based juggler, now in Pakistan at the behest of some anti Pakistan elements who want destabilization in the country.

Javaid Bashir Jun 27, 2014 09:36am

Let us not confuse the issue at this early stage. Dr. Qadri's response to the formation of alliance or grand alliance is speculative. We must Wait for the final call for the revolution, which will topple the government automatically if the movement succeeds. A revolt without toppling and removing the present incumbents in the power would be meaningless. Let's not read too much into his conduct. The stage is not ripe for grand alliance formation.

Imran Khan has declared his intention to stay away from Qadri. He wants to have a solo flight. He thinks he will loose his grip over the future of his career. He wants to be perceived as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. I think he is committing a big blunder by not joining with PAT.No one can bring change alone. They will have to unite against the rulers. They must have one point common agenda. Chaudhrys are in a position to enforce the agenda. The movement for transparent, representative and participatory democracy needs participation of all parties to achieve success.

Vic Jun 27, 2014 09:50am

It has been a myth created by this british MP that bad democrcy is better than the best & the most benevolent & just military rule...

The truth is that in real terms---the best military rule is maybe like a flu for the politicians---you have some bad days and then you get over it---but Bad Democrcy is like a Cancer. It slowly and gradually eats up the morals of the society---it ruins and destroys the character of the society---. It devouvers the body.

Pakistani people have been made fool into believing this by the enemies of pakistan & the pakistanis have fallen for it hook nail & sinker.

When it comes to your own body---you go and get bad cancerous part removed right away or get it fixed---but when it comes to the nation---you re totally lost.

Samra Jun 27, 2014 09:56am

This man should have been deported in the first place. He has half the nation wrapped around his fingers not to mention the govt's helplessness growing in the face of the 'Qadri delirium'. He is in no way fit for public administration and it cannot be more obvious!

abdullah Jun 27, 2014 10:08am

@javad bashir.

Chaudrys corruption and how truthfull sheikh rasheed is we all know that.. And all imran wants to do is cover his failures in KPK. I will never vote for imran khan in my life...

azk Jun 27, 2014 11:18am

@Anjum Arshi yea pakistani ppl are smart...thats why they chose Mr. Nawaz Sharif....he doesnt live outside pakistan, doesnt travel FIRST class doesnt require security....give him a chance??? lol chances have come and gone my friend. lets change it up enough of old ways when they arent working u have to try new ways. simple as that. Pakistan need a religious leader. Please dont listen to these people spreading confusion among our already confused people. THESE PPL dontt do anything and dont let anyone else do anything either. they are the first to point fingers. Tahir ul qadri all the way. im and pakistani people are with you. after a long time someone took a stand. IMRAN KHAN FOR PRIME MINISTER. MUSHARRAF FOR PRESIDENT. TAHIR UL QADRI Spritual Leader. Pakistan will be the number 1 muslim nation on the planed i guarantee you.

Rana Jun 27, 2014 11:42am

@Anjum Arshi Dear we do not need the present democracy. And we do not need Mr. Qaderi or any other all Politicians in Pakistan are corrupt. So its your choice you want to live in fools haven.

hasnain Jun 27, 2014 11:56am

Abdul Malik Jun 27, 2014 12:36pm

@Q Abbasi Yes, I agree, we don't need this guy in here in Canada.

Samad Chaudhry Jun 27, 2014 12:44pm

@Saeed Shah He is not even a politician Just here for manipulate the masses

Parvez Jun 27, 2014 12:45pm

The PML-N's reaction over Qadri just showed how insecure the PML-N really are because their loot and plunder is hard to hide......SHAME.

MP Jun 27, 2014 12:52pm

When is he going back to Canada.

AHMAD Jun 27, 2014 01:02pm

Qadri is big fraud. I do not know why people are believing him.

Faisal Jun 27, 2014 01:14pm

@Anjum Arshi common dude, stand up for your rights, stand up for the deprived, leave the two evils because there is a 3rd option through people's revolution! it is a means to topple this complete system once and for all. I am no Qadri supporter but I like the notion of people holding to account those who have failed to deliver..... despite elections it just doesnt make sense that senseless corrupt mafia remains in power.. the system that keeps the merry go round turning must be challenged but no other force than the power of people can challenge it.

Faisal Jun 27, 2014 01:20pm

@SaeedS these are just the symbolic political allies, it is the millions of people that are the true catalysts of change

Q. Khatana Jun 27, 2014 01:31pm

@MP Very soon. His masters launched him without assessing the situation accurately. The country will soon focus entirely on zarb-e-azb and the IDPs. He and other politicians like him soon will find themselves irrelevant.

S Jun 27, 2014 01:34pm

Why is this man given so much importance? This was the PML-N's biggest mistake, they should have just let him do what he wanted, he would have failed and gone back to Canada by now.

Harmony Jun 27, 2014 02:40pm

U-turn is not a big deal for politicians. Happens everywhere. Views change over time based on changing events. Correcting your view is better than remaining stubborn.

Laeeq,NY Jun 27, 2014 02:44pm

@Javaid Bashir Imran Khan stayed away because his tsunami reality did not materialized but people and his opposition made so much of its fun that Khan Sahib has erased this word from his dictionary. Khan Sahib know that Mr. Qadri,s inqlab will never become a reality and riding on this band wagon of failed politicians will just expedite his party,s demise further down the hill. Mr. Khan,s party is facing internal frictions and their government in KPK is marred with corruption and bad governance. Also his opposition on military action against Talibans and his alliance with Jamat Islami put a question mark on his loyalty with the country and its people. In all these circumstances, Mr. Khan and his party will not commit suicide by joining in hands with Mr. Qadri.

Harmony Jun 27, 2014 02:44pm

@abdullah - Yeah, keep voting for corrupt people. Good for you!

Laeeq,NY Jun 27, 2014 02:45pm

Mian brothers may be good business men but they are not good politicians.

Harmony Jun 27, 2014 02:49pm

@Anjum Arshi -

Paladin Jun 27, 2014 02:55pm

"U-turns" another thing that the PTI and PAT have in common.

Sahil Khan Jun 27, 2014 03:24pm

@Javaid Bashir Why would Imran Khan support a double face person. It's truly against Imran's policy. In his long political career since launched PTI, he has refrained from joining corrupts to achieve a mere "Kursi". Imran is REAL and not corrupt. He's the only leader and ONLY HOPE. That's crystal clear.

Anjum Arshi Jun 27, 2014 03:41pm

@Fahd Siddiqui FANTASTIC! You gave the life history of Qadri in a few words. Brilliant!

Asif Jun 27, 2014 04:10pm

He is a master of U turn . Don't know why people believe such people.

M. Siddique Jun 27, 2014 04:28pm

@GA Qadri is no religious cult member, he is a circus joker.

Pakistani Jun 27, 2014 04:28pm

@Q Abbasi : I appreciate your candor but we don't want him at all in Pakistan either. Looks like Mr. Qadri needs to find a new home.

Salim A Jun 27, 2014 04:52pm

This man Qadri and the Chaudry brothers are is scourge of Pakistan. Not too many are going to come to their side. In a democracy, you are known by your past behavior. Both are opportunists that benefit from dictatorships but cannot survive in a democracy.

Salim A Jun 27, 2014 04:59pm

@Javaid Bashir Your delusion continues its march towards the GHQ.

khan Jun 27, 2014 05:51pm

Qadri is the funniest actor in politics, he should be awarded for great entertainment over the years.

Shahpur Jun 27, 2014 06:10pm

Dr. Qadri is wise and rational. He should wait and see.

Mohammed A. Sukhera-USA Jun 27, 2014 06:23pm

This is not the first and the last U turn he is going to make. He is good at making speeches with no substance, no practical plan and the experience. He has tried the same thing under PPP government by marching to Islamabad and did not accomplish anything.Then he suddenly decided to go back to Canada, leaving his supporters stranded in the capital. You can't bring a revolution from the Business class seat in the plane and his concern about personal security..He has been living in Canada in a cool weather, I think the sweltering heat in Lahore, the humidity and the load shedding will do wonders to his nervous system. The government does not have to do anything, wait three to four weeks and he will disappear again. If he does not leave, he is at a high risk of heat stroke.

ivehadit Jun 27, 2014 06:30pm

What is it with Pakistan and its remote control politicians?

Asif Effendi Jun 27, 2014 07:15pm

Mr Qadri disappoints his followers every time. Last year, he created all the commotion in Islamabad with no outcome. This year he is backing out again. He need to make up his mind.

Asif Effendi Jun 27, 2014 09:04pm

It is ridiculous to make a blanket statement about betterment of democracy over other forms. A ton of arguments can be made of the relative era of development and stability during army rule. However, that is not the point.

M aslam Jun 27, 2014 09:13pm

@Faisal Revolution thru Sincere and Honest people like Shaikh Rashid, Choudhary Shujaat Hussain, Manzoor Watoo, Parvaiz Illahi.- What a joke.

M.Saeed Jun 27, 2014 11:04pm

Qadri is fake to the core. he changes stances with every change of cap. He wants all the opposition leaders to unite with him on a single point agenda. That is, to find ways and means to revenge his so called "Model Town Tragedy". The point to ponder is, he wants a grand alliance against the Government on the killing of his 8 workers, while we have, on average, more than 11 citizen being killed in Karachi every day since ages! Who is going to call a grand alliance against the Government that has repeatedly failed to stop the gravest of all human tragedies in Karachi?

Khan Jun 28, 2014 12:08am

So called Sheikh ul Islam Allama Qadri would soon get thoroughly exposed and his poor followers disappointed. My sympathies are with them as they have been misled by their fake leader called Tahir ul Qadri.

Mukesh Jun 28, 2014 01:42am

Mr. Qadri looks like kejriwal of Pakistan

amjad Mirza Jun 28, 2014 03:11am

@Khan I agree, I agree- I guess, he could not survive in Heat and hot weather. He is use to Canadians social welfare and benefits. He can enjoy poor people of Pakistan's money (Money Received as donations from Mureeds, That how most of peer gets funds from Mureeds) but he cannot enjoy heat of Pakistan in summer.

as I said yesterday. He does have very nice voice, He should try Bollywood. He should get trained in no time from Atif Aslam and start Singing and start making Very good money- he will be Sub-continent Celebrity.

Faisal Taquie Jun 28, 2014 03:55am

And the Oscar in the category of Pakistani politics goes to...... THE Maulana Saab:)

khanm Jun 28, 2014 07:51pm

@Anjum Arshi... wonder what fair means.. look at their past performance and credibility...we are on the verge of total collapse. indeed Pakistani people are not fool but mujboor. as long as we have the feudalistic society. we are not going anywhere.. it is an internal fact money talks

khanm Jun 28, 2014 07:55pm

@Anjum Arshi ... it is the art of politics..make an ambiguous statement, let the people be in limbo and alway do what pleases you the most... never for public...

khanm Jun 28, 2014 08:00pm

@Saeed Shah well atleast he is good for something... what about other politicians..they cannot even speak in any language..

khanm Jun 28, 2014 08:02pm

@SaeedS ... there is no hope unless we rise up...

khanm Jun 28, 2014 08:05pm

@Aj.... it is an everlasting serial play...

Faisal Jun 28, 2014 11:25pm

@M aslam you used the word thru.... while Qadri has always used the word "thru" with the masses, not with these politicians.... these politicians will only give it the required parliamentary legitimacy and when the corrupt have run away or brought to justice in the court of masses.... there will be a parliamentary way forward to the revolution! this activity is just the political aspect of reconciling, recovering, reorganising the country post revolution. At the moment it is clear that there is no solution for our problems within the current political system... revolution is the only solution and post revolution true and clean politics will start running the country.

Yasmin Elahi Jun 29, 2014 03:56am

It is quite clear that TUQ is neither serious nor concerned about the dilemma of a common peace loving Pakistani! His whims will do us no good so the sooner he goes back to his comfortable life in Canada the better for the present uncertain times we can hardly afford more turmoil!

Bilal Jun 29, 2014 01:35pm

Last minute scolding has come. hahaha :-D

Ishrat Jun 29, 2014 02:49pm

@huzaifah Aur sher chala gia,

Javaid Bashir Jul 02, 2014 11:25am

@abdullah I am sure no one is a saint among these politicians. But we can not let the demons and Satan rule us in the name of Sham democracy. If I have to choose between Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan, Chaudhrys and sheikh Rashid I would go for the lesser evil, Imran Khan needs to change his dictatorial style and listen to the sane voices. He must revisit his stance and support for the Talibans . Sheikh Rashid does not lie He is a straight forward man. He admits his faults He definitely is a better person than Sharif brothers.