KARACHI: "From Karachi today, begins the path to revolution... On 14 January the people’s parliament will make its decision," said Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran chief Tahirul Qadri on Tuesday evening.
He was addressing a large rally organised by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) at Jinnah Ground, DawnNews reported.
Qadri said that he wants to return to the people a ‘genuine democracy’, adding that the MQM chief Altaf Hussain has answered the call for true democracy in Pakistan.
He said that Islamabad will become Tahrir Square on January 14, stressing that the long march would be peaceful.
Qadri said that first there should be reforms in the country and then elections.
He also said that he only wants those people to participate in the elections who are permitted to do so by the constitution of the country.
The Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran chief said that his agenda is aimed against feudal and exploitative forces in the country.
Earlier on, Qadri arrived at Nine Zero where he was received by members of the Rabita Committee and MQM workers.
Addressing the rally, MQM chief Altaf Hussain said that his party had been struggling for years against the rotten system that is prevalent in Pakistan.
"People who spend millions of rupees in buying election tickets cannot solve the problems of the masses," the MQM chief said.
"The long march will prove to be a quick march for looters," he said.
Altaf Hussain also invited other political and religious parties to participate in the long march.
MQM leader Farooq Sattar, while addressing the rally earlier on, had said that the large gathering was proof that the people want change.
He also said that Altaf Hussain and Tahirul Qadri's agenda is one and the same.