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Musharraf declares Qadri’s long march a success

January 16, 2013

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf —AFP (File Photo)

ISLAMABAD: Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday declared the long march led by Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri a success, DawnNews reported.

“I have supported them from the beginning,” said the former president.

Qadri, who played a role in backing a military coup in 1999, has threatened to remain camped out near the federal parliament with thousands of supporters until his demands for the resignation of the government are met.

The fiery orator returned home from Canada less than a month ago to lead a call for electoral reforms to bar “corrupt politicians” from office, which has made him an instant hit among several Pakistanis disillusioned with the state.

Musharraf claimed that had he been in Kayani’s position some change or the other would have taken place in the country by now.

Moreover, Musharraf criticised the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) saying Nawaz Sharif's party also did not have the ability to resolve the country's issues.