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Qadri’s demands contradictory: Baloch

LAHORE, Dec 23: Jamaat-i-Islami Secretary-General Liaquat Baloch has said that the demands made by Dr Tahirul Qadri are ill-timed and contradictory and have been presented at a time when the country is heading towards elections.

Commenting on Dr Qadri’s address here on Sunday, he said, in one breath, Dr Qadri was saying that he did not want postponement of the elections, while in the other, he had set Jan 14 deadline for implementation of the Constitution and paving the way for clean leadership otherwise he would stage a long march on Islamabad.

The JI leader asked Dr Qadri how the judiciary could bring forth a clean leadership prior to the elections. Besides, he said, who and in what manner, some one could take a decision which was the prerogative of the people’s elected government and the parliament alone.

Baloch said the JI had been in the forefront of the demand for implementation of the rules laid down in the Constitution concerning the eligibility of candidates. He called for immediate announcement of an agreed caretaker government and the election schedule, adding that the JI would not support delay in the polls.