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TMQ’s alternate plans to reach Islamabad

Published Jan 11, 2013 03:04am


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Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran chief Tahirul Qadri. — File photo

LAHORE, Jan 10: The leadership of Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) has directed all its divisional and district heads to start shifting workers to Rawalpindi and Islamabad or the areas close to the twin cities with immediate effect in order to ensure their timely participation in the long march.

The decision has been taken to ensure participation of a maximum number of workers in the march in case the authorities create any hurdle, Dawn has learnt.

Party sources say that there are three plans to make the march a success.

The plan A suggests making the arrangements in routine, such as advance booking of buses, lodging/boarding of the workers on the way and in Islamabad and other things necessary in this regard.

The plan B suggests shifting of participants to Islamabad or Rawalpindi or the places near the two cities in case the authorities start creating hurdles. The plan C suggests reaching Islamabad by all means but in a peaceful manner.

A party official said workers from TMQ chapters of Azad Kashmir and some neighbouring districts of Rawalpindi had already reached Islamabad or Rawalpindi on their own under the plan B. He said 15,000 buses had already been booked in order to transport workers from Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura and Kasur. He said the TMQ leadership had asked all of its workers of central and south Punjab, Sindh to start gathering in Islamabad till 9am on Jan 13.

Another official said the leadership would hold the long march on Islamabad from Lahore by all means. “We have to reach there by removing all hurdles whether containers, barriers or anything else on the way,” TMQ media team chief Qazi Faizul Islam told this reporter. He urged the Punjab and federal governments to facilitate the TMQ in organizing this march peacefully rather than planning to disrupt it.

Meanwhile, the TMQ chief organizer Rahiq Ahmad Abbasi has rejected the interior minister’s statement. “The minister’s statement to allow entry of the TMQ chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in Islamabad subject to an NOC is wrong and baseless and a part of disinformation,” Abbasi said in a statement on Tuesday. He said party officials, soon after the Dec 23 rally in Lahore, had informed the Islamabad commissioner about holding the long march.

Meanwhile, TMQ chief Dr Tahirul Qadri postponed his scheduled press conference twice on Thursday. The party had organized the news conferences with reference to passing of the Jan 10 deadline given by Mr Qadri in his Dec 23 rally to the government for the acceptance of his demands related to the formation of an honest and trustworthy interim set-up and holding general elections within 90 days or so after introducing electoral reforms in the country.

Party sources said the press conference was cancelled due to MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s address. Now Qadri would hold the news conference on Friday (today) at 3pm.


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Comments (10) Closed

Muhammad Waqas Jan 11, 2013 02:23pm
First i was against mr.qadri now after seeing the worst situation of country i want that some one should have to take the step i am with u mr.qadri
Hassan Jan 11, 2013 06:00pm
I don't understand the proposal though. Is he asking to be part of the interim setup himself? To me it is simply anarchy and what the military wants if the elections don't happen on time. Why doesn't he follow the due process and run in elections...
AHMAD Jan 11, 2013 02:49pm
Who is paying the bills and extra cash for you. Come on , tell.
hamid Shafiq Jan 11, 2013 12:01pm
tahirul qadri aircraft crashed before takeoff and down by drone attack by altaf hussain
Hina Jan 11, 2013 09:19am
Allah O Akbar ! May Mawlana Tahir ul Qadri be safe. Shame on cowards who hold their steps back.
Ali Jan 11, 2013 06:37am
Good luck !
Masood Mehdi Jan 11, 2013 05:57am
Dr. Qadri is the light of hope for this full of terrorism and corrupt country. God bless you Qadri sb
wasim Jan 11, 2013 01:10pm
If he is so concerned about Pakistan then why does he have Canadian nationality?
ali ahmed Jan 11, 2013 10:00am
Dr.Qadri..we pray for your success..we want want corrupt free parliment...where money is not distributed to the parlimentarian in the name of development funds
Ahmer Jan 12, 2013 06:23pm
With Imran Khan having risen and fallen due to his opening the door of his party to the same old corrupt leaders, who else has a chance to pull Pakistan out of the morass than Dr Qadri?