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Tahir ul-Qadri, chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), speaks to his supporters in front of the Parliament House building during a "Revolution March" in Islamabad August 28, 2014.  — Photo by Reuters
Tahir ul-Qadri, chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), speaks to his supporters in front of the Parliament House building during a "Revolution March" in Islamabad August 28, 2014. — Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri once again warned of 'dama dam mast qalandar' if its demands over the Model Town Fist Information Report (FIR) and resignation of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif were not met by today.

Addressing his supporters after meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif Tahirul Qadri said that the meeting took three and a half hours because each and every agenda including the sacking of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, cancellation of existing Model Town FIR and registration of a fresh FIR, electoral reforms, formation of a national government and the mechanisms involved was discussed.

Giving details of the demand for the cancellation of the Model Town FIR, Qadri claimed that the documents of the FIR released to the media were in fact a portion of the complaint filed by the PAT whereas the original FIR filed by the government excluded certain clauses and contained additional pages which exonerate the Sharif brothers and their associates.

He said "I showed the original copy of the FIR to Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and even he was shocked to see it. We have asked for the cancellation of the FIR first thing in the morning and for the registration of a new FIR based on actual facts."

"If the three demands are met (news FIR, Sharif brothers then the other issues of electoral reforms, formation of a national government and the mechanisms involved would be discussed later," Qadri said while also appreciating the army chief for lending a listening ear to the PAT chief.

He said there would be no further extension in deadlines given by the party and warned of 'dama dam mast qalandar' if the PAT demands over the Model Town FIR and resignation of the Sharif brothers were not met by today.

Qadri said that no member of the Sharif family or any accused in the Model Town case would be allowed to become the prime minister after Nawaz Sharif resigned.

Earlier on Thursday night Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and PTI Chairman Imran Khan had announced they had given the prime minister 24 hours leeway upon General Sharif’s assurances.

They had also added that General Raheel Sharif had been appointed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a 'mediator' and 'guarantor' for bringing the current crisis between the government and protesters to an end.

Both PTI and PAT have been holding anti-government protests and sit-ins in Islamabad's Red Zone area and are demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation.


Comments (43) Closed



Bibi Aug 29, 2014 04:55am

The man is asking more than is required. SS nominated and his resignation is understandable but NS ? Two wrongs do not make one right.

nasir Aug 29, 2014 05:05am

Well done molana sahib.

Atif Aug 29, 2014 05:22am

"dama dam mast qalandar" Shareef jail de ander !

imran Aug 29, 2014 05:24am

COAS was choosen by nawaz carefully just remember that... And nothing will happen, that is my gurantee.

Cynical Aug 29, 2014 05:28am

Please explain what do u mean by " dama dum masat qalander"? Since the Sufi poet who wrote this was a peace loving man, does it mean that you will peacefully dance your way out of Islamabad taking your political circus with u, I think u have shamed your country enough in the international community. And please refrain from exploiting these beautiful verses for your vile political ambitions.

aziz ahmed nawaz Aug 29, 2014 05:39am

How much of the 250 crore did Dawn get from the sharifs because your tv anchors and your print stories are quite clearly leaning towards the corrupt sharifs ?? Your comment section is either hijacked by paid pro sharif hackers or your sharif paid staff are only letting pro sharif comments through. Post my comment if you are non biased

Lucky Star Aug 29, 2014 05:46am

@Atif Sharif is not alone this time, Allah is with him!

Lucky Star Aug 29, 2014 05:48am

@Cynical Great post, I don't believe that Qadri believes in Allah and his forgiveness.

Yasmin Elahi Aug 29, 2014 05:50am

Weakening of their stance by both the PAT and PTI after the intervention of the COAS, would not be fair to their supporters as they have braved rain, heat and the discomfort of living in the open for the past fortnight. The Model Town killings are enough reason for the Sharif brothers to go! Allegations of rigging which most Pakistanis believe are true, should be investigated fairly after they step down. The system is rotten to the core in our country and to repair it, it is high time we get rid of corrupt and greedy politicians who are responsible for this mess!

socrates Aug 29, 2014 05:59am

@Cynical "shamed your country enough in the international community" Really? Are you sure its not the corrupt, lying, cheating, dishonest rulers who have shamed your country ? What an upside down view. TUQ and IK and their thousands of supporters have protested peacefully for over 14 days and there is nothing to be ashamed about it.

Zahir Ul Islam Aug 29, 2014 06:13am

"Qadri said that no member of the Sharif family or any accused in the Model Town case would be allowed to become the prime minister after Nawaz Sharif resigned." Looks like a statement given to him by some guy from Aabpara.

farhan Aug 29, 2014 06:15am

Fanatic Canadian is threatning an elected prime minister its a shame for people of pakistan and especially punjab if mulah succeeds.

Najma Aug 29, 2014 06:23am

We need fairness and Justice

Mustafa J. Aug 29, 2014 06:24am

It is my humble feeling that laws and constitution of Pakistan clearly provides remedy for every possible wrong doings but they are through legal procedures through courts of law but not through show of force, threats, protests, road blockage, sit-ins, Danada Bazee (fighting with sticks), my way or highway.

Sheraz Aug 29, 2014 06:36am

@aziz ahmed nawaz I agree

Shahid Aug 29, 2014 06:48am

I think Nawaz Sharif has signed charter of democracy with Raheel Sharif.

Shahid Aug 29, 2014 06:50am

This storm had humble beginning i.e. "audit of 4 seats" and "registration of FIR". Instead of nipping it in the bud, PMLN has created a mess out of it.

nasir Aug 29, 2014 06:52am

@Cynical I don't know how much you know about internationally, in my view international community is worried because we as a nation stood up.

overseaspaki Aug 29, 2014 07:06am

@Mustafa J. That's just wishful thinking. I live in the UK and was involved in land litigation in Pak. The case was taking it's natural course in the court but the otherside approached the local MNA who for a potential share colluded with the local SHO to register a false FIR against me. Local corrupt MNA's rule the local areas courts and police are beneath them. Only way issue was resolved by me getting the brother of a minister involved. There is no system here you have to get things done whichever way you can.

Anwar Khan Aug 29, 2014 07:13am

If dama dam mast qalader is played, Mowlana sahib be ready for tit for tat. As long as you and your protester are calm in action there is no danger to your March, sit-in etc, but once your mission will be violent then anything could happen .

vinay singh Aug 29, 2014 07:18am

Qadri sometimes makes me laugh :)

sapeace Aug 29, 2014 07:24am

He needs an oscar for his long soap opera

Shahpur Aug 29, 2014 07:26am

My prayers with you Dr. Qadri.

Israr Khan Ismailzai Aug 29, 2014 07:47am

Though I do support both of these marches, I would still like to know what does "dama dam mast qalander" means.

Shuaib Aug 29, 2014 08:05am

I can only laugh at this. These two just hate democracy.

abbas Aug 29, 2014 08:09am

Guys, Please do something for the system rather than war of words, Ruppee is plunging downward, corruption is on sky high, law n order is out-rooted and Pakistanis are fighting on the actions of so-called leaders. Does any one is talking about IDP,s poor people and country's progress? Fight for chair and dragging other institutions into politics.

san Aug 29, 2014 09:07am

@aziz ahmed nawaz agree

leela4fun Aug 29, 2014 09:29am

I guess that will be the title of the soap opera that will be made of Qadri's antics. Already the episodes have been stretched each day with the excitement of 'Inqilab in the next 24 hours' or 'if demands are not met by tomorrow'.

'Dama Dam Mast Qalandar' as used by Qadri who is a muslim preacher, must mean peaceful, boisterous celebration!

Zayed Siddique Aug 29, 2014 09:52am

IK & TUQ relied on public charity for building hospital and religious madrassahs respectively. But these acts of welfare sponsored by public charity are used by both of them to build a clout to fulfill their long term goals of achieving political power.

So next time when you are donating look for established non political NGOs.

ahmed Aug 29, 2014 09:52am

@imran Even musharraf was chosen carefully by nawaz, and i remember a lot happened after that...

Matt Aug 29, 2014 10:18am

But the Canadian version of

Oregata Aug 29, 2014 10:18am

"... showed the original copy of the FIR to Chief of Army Staff " ??? Original? How did he get that?

asif Aug 29, 2014 11:21am

Fantastic both qadri and imran made us proud

Keti Zilgish Aug 29, 2014 11:44am

@Mustafa J. Speaking of laws: those which cannot be implemented will breed mischief.

saad Aug 29, 2014 01:10pm

@aziz ahmed nawaz i wonder how much share has been decided for mubashir luqman n ARY? why dont u speak there? kudos to mubashir luqman n ARY for making this tele drama a sensational ones with all elements of thrill, suspense accompanied by greatest actors of today's tiem IK & TUQ, deserve oscars.

saad Aug 29, 2014 02:01pm

TUQ, will u plz mind going back to your home for the sake of innocent ppl of Pakistan. we have seen enough of u. thank u so much for all chaos.

Asif Aug 29, 2014 02:39pm

Salute to Dawn for posting Mr Aziz comment. This newspaper is the only paper which I like to read as it is working on the Principle set by Quaid e Azam founder of Pakistan and Daily Dawn

Dystopia Aug 29, 2014 03:04pm

Yes TUQ, you've said that three times before and you didn't act.

fida sayani Aug 29, 2014 03:41pm

@Najma This is the last thing you will find in a Muslim nation. All they are good at is killing each other. Even their Allah has forgotten them.

Taimoor Khan Aug 29, 2014 03:49pm

@imran NS "carefully" selected Musharraf in his last stint. Before that ZA Bhutto did the same "careful" selection of Zia. Alas, people just dont learn from history.

Mustafa J. Aug 30, 2014 03:54am

@overseaspaki : While I agree with you 100% about all the evils in Pakistan but you have to know that neither you, nor I nor Mr. Imran Khan nor Maulana Tahirul Qadri have the authority or power to change Pakistan by taking any action prohibited by laws and constitution of Pakistan. Anyone is allowed to protest and shout until his throat is hoarse but you can not disrupt free flow of traffic on the road. You must remember the members of Parliament are the only people who represent 180 million Pakistanis and if the majority of them do not want to bring about changes in Pakistan, who are you or I or Mr. Imran Khan or Maulana Tahirul Qadri to bring about changes? Those who wish to bring about changes should do these: (1) be elected as Member of Parliament (2) Persuade other members of Parliament to agree to their proposals (3) enact laws to make changes by support of majority of members. Those who wish to make changes by revolution will never succeed when the entire law enforcement agencies and military of Pakistan are law abiding and they will enforce laws and constitution of Pakistan. If anyone feels laws of Pakistan are violated, the only remedy is through judicial process and not by revolution.

Mustafa J. Aug 30, 2014 05:10am

@Keti Zilgish : You said "Speaking of laws: those which cannot be implemented will breed mischief." Are you aware the laws of Pakistan are created by more than one half of 342 members of Parliament of Pakistan (Shoorah) who represent 180 Pakistanis and if they make laws which you or feel it will breed mischief, you or I or even Mr. Imran Khan or Maulana Tahirul Qadri can absolutely do nothing about it. All have to obey the laws. Those who wish to change the laws, should lobby the members of Parliament and get support of more than 171 members of Parliament to scrap or change existing laws..

Mustafa J. Aug 30, 2014 06:58am

@Keti Zilgish : I forgot to type "180 Million Pakistanis". My sentence should read: "Are you aware the laws of Pakistan are created by more than one half of 342 members of Parliament of Pakistan (Shoorah) who represent 180 Million Pakistanis.