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March on Islamabad: Follow the flavour

Published Jan 08, 2013 08:17pm


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Dr Tahirul Qadri (c). -Photo by ONLINE

ISLAMABAD:  In a bid to lure participants to the long march on January 14, Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran (TMQ) led by Dr Tahirul Qadri has placed huge orders with almost all the main food caterers of the city.

The party has also managed to arrange food for the participants (which it claims would be in millions) from Bari Imam and Golra Sharif, the two shrines located in the suburbs of the capital city.

Further investigations reveal that members of Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran in NA-48 (urban area) and NA-49 (rural area) were managing the arrangements for a long stay of the marchers in the city and food is one key segment of the whole stay.

“A large order has been placed with the food managers in the shrines, and we have also received an advance payment in this regard from Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran,” a stallholder at Bari Imam told Dawn.

A visit to Bari Imam revealed that there are at least seven cooks running food stalls there.

A cook while sharing details repeatedly requested anonymity because he was afraid that he might run into trouble with the local administration.

“Most of the orders from the party are rice and chicken curry. There is no doubt that this is the biggest order we have received in the last four years,” he revealed.

“We have hardly seen such huge orders since the start of the current government because no major political activity happened in the city in which orders would be placed in such large quantities,” he added.

In Golra Sharif the situation is no different.

“The orders are huge and we will be delivering the food by early morning to the contractors, who got food contracts from the party and are acting as agents for it,” said a cook in Golra Sharif.

Meanwhile, Ghulam Ali Raza, the spokesman for Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran in Islamabad, told this reporter: “We have placed orders for more than 5,000 cauldrons in the twin cities.”

He added that a similar order of thousands of packets of rice (chicken pulao) has been placed with a famous eatery in Blue Area.

According to a security official, the same eatery had provided pulao in over 20,000 disposable packets during a rally on May 12, 2007, which was addressed by former President Gen Pervez Mushrraf and managed by the Pakistan Mulsim League-Quaid.

“The political workers had been brought in from inner Punjab and were served food on the lawns of the Pakistan Sports Complex. The rice and chicken were purchased from the same eatery,” said the security official.

The party spokesman added that a large number of political workers would be arriving in the wee hours of January 14 and will be served breakfast as well.

“Workers coming from outside the city will be provided naan, parathas and tea, and we have placed orders with almost every restaurant in the twin cities,” claimed Mr Raza.

He further claimed that party workers will be accompanied with trucks carrying dry fruits and other rations so that they can manage a long stay in front of the Parliament House.

“We will not be leaving our places and are coming with our blankets and mattresses to sit in front of the D-Chowk of the Parliament House. We are all prepared to brace the cold weather of the city,” asserted the party official.

An official of the Ministry of Interior said that they know about the catering arrangements being managed by Dr Qadri’s party.

“We are just observing at the moment. All we are concerned about is the law and order situation, which should stay in control otherwise we will wait for the orders to control any untoward situation in the city,” asserted the official.

He maintained that placement of such a large food order is usual for political parties but carrying dry fruits for a longer stay would be a concern for them.


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humaira Jan 09, 2013 10:47am
couldn't be well done without army support I believe. what is astonishing is the timing and the venue. they could've and better make tahrir square in Karachi and Lahore to bring the change otherwise the whole reason would get lost in thick fog of Islamabad. lastly I am not surprised that this time like all other religious zealots are using the name of Islam to bring in Democracy? remember Islam is a theocracy not democracy!!
Md Imran Jan 09, 2013 02:29pm
AoA ! Jeeve jeeve Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran jeeve jeeve Dr Tahirul Qadri
hamid Shafiq Jan 09, 2013 12:16pm
at least some one benefits from this long long march
Syed Asghar Hussain Jan 09, 2013 01:06pm
An army marches on its stomach, you know. :)
Mohammed Jan 09, 2013 04:27pm
Never miss an opportunity for Pilao
Altimo Jan 09, 2013 06:26pm
Well ...the man has money ...hopefully he is not serving any one else's agenda...Hope somehting good comes out of this
talha Jan 09, 2013 10:08pm
Dr. Tahir ul Qadri please be more explicit with you agenda for the long march so people who are undecided can go one way or the other. Thank you.
BRR Jan 10, 2013 01:09am
The army upto its tricks - this time it is Kargil at home, the bakras being roped in don't realize they are being readied for the slaughter.
yusuf khan Jan 10, 2013 01:50am
Will anybody question the sources of money for these arrangements. Looks as a number of vested interests are investing for this and later they will eat the fruits of all this mayhem.
rehan Jan 10, 2013 12:51pm
Mulana Tahir Qadri Saheb is right in conducting march.. because if election happens in the current systems results will bring the same old corrupt people back in the assemblies and the government. In the currwent system the PMLN/PPP takes millions of Rs from candidates to give tickets to them.. once theses repr. are in assemblies they care more about recovering the money they spent in the elections.. I hope it helps you to understand the situation and cause for this long march Rehan
rehan Jan 10, 2013 12:52pm
peopel like you and me donates for this cause
Adil Jadoon Jan 10, 2013 02:28am
This is what the Mullahs are good at Hypocrisy and eating Chicken Pulao. What a bunch of losers.
Adil Jadoon Jan 10, 2013 02:29am
I hope it rains like hell that day. Damn Hypocrites.
Ahmed Sameer Jan 10, 2013 04:27am
What's the harm? People when hungry need food! Conspiracy theories are rife - it is a paranoid nation.
Hassan Jan 10, 2013 07:19am
Friends, I am a neutral non resident Pakistani and trying to understand the purpose of this march since two weeks through limited media options that I have here. Can anyone please enlighten me as to why this march is happening specially when the Elections are so close?
sfomann Jan 10, 2013 09:04am
Its OK to have a good meal, especially when its free, but please be sensible when voting. Is he the guy you want to be the leader and represent your country for next 5 years?
Shahzad Sadiq Jan 10, 2013 10:21am
This proves the organizational skills of Minhaj-ul-Quran....I am really impressed with them and the way how they mobilize millions to participate in Lahore rally and now just in three weeks they are able to leave sleepless the government and other status-quo....Well done Dr. Qadri
Raheel Jan 10, 2013 10:45am
What about when all that food is processed? Any arrangements for that? XD
Faisal Jan 10, 2013 10:59am
ooo yes .... i dont care what his agenda is .. but my concern is PULAAOOOOOO ... AAooo yaro AAOOOOooo ...
khuhsi Jan 10, 2013 11:17am
Its amazing to see how many haters exist in this world and still Dr. Qadri doesnt step back. He is admirable!
Muhammad Jan 10, 2013 03:16pm
You already have your answer - elections.