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Qadri announces end to protest after government deal

Published Jan 17, 2013 06:20pm


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Tahirul Qadri (L) gestures while talking with ruling parties coalition leaders Qamar Zaman Kaira (2R), Mushahid Hussain (C), and Farooq H. Naek (R) during a meeting at a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17, 2013. – AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri late on Thursday announced an end to four days of anti-government protests by thousands of people after striking a deal with the government.

A high level delegation struck a deal with the cleric after thousands of people largely paralysed the capital and put intense pressure on the government.

The agreement was reached after hours of negotiation inside a bulletproof container the religious leader was using at the demonstration site.

Thousands of protesters packed into the main avenue running through the federal capital, danced and cheered when Qadri announced from the container that he had hammered out an agreement with the government.

“We have reached an agreement. After getting the prime minister's signature, we will read it in out front of protesters,” the TMQ chief told his supporters.

Tahirul Qadri, who supported a 1999 military coup, has been calling for the military to play a role in the formation of a caretaker administration in the run-up to elections due in May.

The government agreed with the cleric to dissolve the National Assembly before its term ends in mid-March, giving 90 days until elections are held, according to the "Islamabad Long March Declaration".

That would give time to make sure politicians are eligible to stand for elections.

The government also agreed that the caretaker administration, which normally precedes elections, would be chosen in consultation with all parties.

A declaration laying out the agreement between the government and Qadri was signed by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf as well as the high-level government officials who made up the negotiating team.

The government delegation was comprised of Afrasiab Khattak, Farooq H. Naek, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Chaudhry Shujaat, Babar Ghauri, Khurshid Shah, Amin Faheem, Farooq Sattar, Senator Abbas Afridi and Mushahid Hussain.

They also agreed that the treasury benches in complete consensus with Qadri’s party will propose the names of two honest and impartial people for the appointment of caretaker prime minister.

On the issue of composition of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the agreement said that it will be discussed at a meeting on Jan 27 at the Minhaj-ul-Quran Secretariat in Lahore.

It was agreed upon that the focus will be on the enforcement of electoral reforms prior to the polls on article 62, 63 and 218 (3) of the constitution, section 77 to 82 of the representation of people’s act 1976 and other relevant provisions relating to conducting free and fair elections.

The Supreme Court’s judgement of June 8, 2012 on constitutional petition of 2011 must be implemented in true letter and spirit also.

Moreover, they also agreed that with the end of the long march and sit-in, all cases registered against each other shall be withdrawn immediately and there will be no acts of victimisation and vendetta against either party or the participants of the march.

The deal may ease pressure on the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which has come under fire for failing to tackle a range of problems, from a Taliban insurgency to a weak economy.


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Akhtar Jan 18, 2013 11:33am
Has it ended well? It is very naive to think so. The people have lost more. Now the caretaker PM is to be chosen by the coalition partners. Can you name one person in their ranks that is ameen and sadiq? Do you think any one of them would even know one who is? Do you think Tahirul Qadri himself is sadiq and ameen? He has been caught lying on the blaswphemy law. He lies about seeeing Rasool Allah (sallallalho alaihe wasallam) and is on the borderline of blaspheming against him. He took the name of ALlah and said he would not move until his revolutionary demands were met. He has achieved little and lost more, and withdrawn. Hence he took Allah's name in vain.
Morad786 Jan 17, 2013 04:44pm
I wonder if Qadri knows that Kaira was making fun of him yesterday! Total hypocrisy!
Fayyaz Jan 17, 2013 04:45pm
quite possible
Amir Jan 19, 2013 02:10pm
Anil, It appears that in both India and Pakistan democratic institutions face similar problems. In a parliamentary democracy the people maintain a continuous contact with their representatives, so it is kind of counter democracy that individuals appear and force the agenda. Forcing the agenda is the work your representative not the people. Otherwise its anarchy not democracy.
bipin Jan 19, 2013 12:25pm
True popular movement will awaken people and affirm their supremacy, This is a historical evolution in the subcontinent, people refuse to live in miserable conditions forever and being manipulated and fooled by the ruling elite. The politicians trick of divide and rule, a weapon inherited from the colonial masters is the cause of backwardness and misery, suffering of the people. Salute brave people of Pakistan to set an example.
anil gupta Jan 18, 2013 07:24pm
Sorry to interfere, but it looked very false revolution. Anna Hazare stayed in fast during 10day protest but Qadri sb stayed inside bullet proof car with all facilities. He should have been brave and should have been out like all his supporters, although there were chances of assassination but he should have taken that risk to show solidarity with common people.
Faraz Jan 18, 2013 04:47am
Are you kidding me.. :)
saad Jan 18, 2013 03:59am
so unfortunate Pakistanis still sleeping. No body supported doctor Tahir ul quadri when they had a clear cut chance.
Guest Jan 18, 2013 04:02am
The point to note is that PML N and the recent collection , has been neutralised in Punjab.The deal is between Awami Tehreek and Govt and not Minhajul Quran.Dr Qadri will be big pain in the behind of Nawaz and Shahbaz who have been virtually enjoying a free run due to PTI Chief's incompetence.The battle starts now and Wattoo will sit back and provide fuel only.Rest will be upto Dr Qadri.Enjoy.
Rana Muhammad Usman s/o Nisar Ahmad si Jan 18, 2013 03:50am
it may seem a little success of qadri sb. Bt the people thought that all the tyranny of govt, Would come to end and people were expecting a big revolution bt nothing like such happened. And it seems that again we have to bear same problems and same incapable rulers who dnt give youth their right place according to their talents and education, and failed to tackle issues like unemployment, terrorism, inflation, american intervention, and lots of problems like that. Bt mr. Taher ul qadri u ve disappionted nation. Bt ur struggle is good , i appreciate it. . .
Prof L. H. Zaidi Jan 18, 2013 02:35am
For the ordinary people of Pakistan the struggle to create Pakistan is still on. The selfless efforts and sacrifices made by Dr Tahirul Qadri and his followers have created history for the whole world that commitment to a just cause with sincerity brings fruit. I salute to all those young girls, boys, ladies, mothers, brothers, sisters and women and men of all ages (infants to very aged) who stood fast in extreme cold, wind and rain for 4 days on the tarmac. They all are the symbol of bravery and dignity. Their belief in the leadership and guidance provided by Dr Tahirul Qadri towards in the struggle for the well being of ordinary people of Pakistan is and will remain an example of highest magnitude in the human history of planet earth for centuries to come. Millions of Pakistanis like me, who had to migrate in search of just life, can only cry and wipe their tears of joy and best wishes towards the participants in Islamabad. I wish I was there to be the part of this struggle, as my parents played their part in the movement of creation of Pakistan. I am of the belief all those millions have reserved a place in the heaven and I wish them good fortunes to them and their future generations. God bless them with happiness. Pakistan Pa-in-da-bad.
Modasar Jan 18, 2013 03:35am
Qadri hid in bulletproof cabin with heat and TV while poor people had to stay in cold 4 days and many of them were women and children and most of them got sick due to cold. What this man wanted with this march...He lived in Canada for 7 years and he has Canadian citizenship.
Vicky Jan 17, 2013 05:03pm
"...talks could only be held with President Asif Ali Zardari." As if the President (any president for that matter) is 'farigh' enough to hold talks on demand of every chief-of-waila-dance-party.
Dr Khan Jan 17, 2013 05:01pm
100% agree with you.
jameel Jan 17, 2013 05:02pm
He was not given, he has taken those sleeping pills.
khurram Jan 18, 2013 03:11am
These clauses were already in the consitution. Noting new he did.
Urooj Jan 17, 2013 04:59pm
End of stupid drama
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 05:06pm
"The details of the declaration remained unclear" - because the machinations of the Pakistan government always remain unclear. It is the only constant in the Pakistan equation. One hand does not know what the other hand is doing since the one hand is not supposed to know what the other hand is doing.
Arju Jan 18, 2013 03:05am
This is a face saving deal which makes all parties happy. What about grand promises of chnages? Somehow, either Zardari and his cohorts could outwit a scholar with promises, or the scholar has suddenly slipped into dementia. He shoul know these people very well. But hey, this is poltics. Losers are poor people of Pakistan. Every time, they are promised that it will rain tomorrow and if it does not, fooled by all polticians by more promises!
ANEES Jan 18, 2013 02:51am
Can anyone summarize the achievements in ONE sentence?
jameel Jan 17, 2013 05:04pm
Glad he did. This boat was rigged with explosives.
talha Jan 18, 2013 01:59am
This reminds me of the 'Sulah Hudaibiya' which the prophet (pbuh) and his companions accomplished. It was termed a clear victory for the Muslim. The fact that Mr. Tahir ul Qadri's presence was acknowledged and he has struck an agreement appears a clear victory for him and Insha'Allah for Islam and Pakistan.
Abbas Jan 18, 2013 02:53am
All is well which ends well.
Urooj Jan 17, 2013 05:04pm
What he did achieve after these 5 days was already according to the constitution as the tenure of this govt. will end in March.
Akhtar Jan 18, 2013 08:29am
A very well written drama, with the main actor chosen very intelligently. The man had a following of people who were his devotees and would sacrifice their lives for him. He also had the gift of the gab. There are so many questions that come to mind about his character (lied on blasphemy law and makes his devotees kiss his feet, for example), the course taken by the government despite their brutal mind-set (other governments have always had demonstrators beaten up by police in and out of uniform, the nature and depth of the demands and then the agreement, I could go on. But, as one of the commentors wrote, Allah has said very clearly in the Qur'an in 3:54 "wamakaroo wa makar Allah. Allaho khairo almakereen". Tahirul Qadri has played with religion and used his devotees. He tried and succeeded in fooling many. Insha Allah, he will be amply rewarded. Among his agreement clauses, he has given full right to the crooks in coalition to nominate two morally upright persons for his approval. Where will they find such people in their ranks? And, does this agreement bind the people of Pakistan? I definitely hope not. We need to wake up. Allah will only help those who help themselves and ask for his help sincerely.
S. A. M. Jan 18, 2013 01:41am
He came with such a game and went with such big shame! What to call it? He could'nt stand being alone against all the political parties. He did not know how the bring the Sit In to a respectful end. whether the so called agreement (whose details are yet to be announced and the crowd has already packed for the sweet homes) THoughts do come that he has also badly fooled the masses but it could be that he could not gather the crowds, the thrust that he had he would be able to attract. Even if he is another one to play tricks on the nation I am happy at least for one thing that there was no tragic incident in the Long (lone) march as there were many children as well. I am sure that masses have been given a good lesson. Not to follow anyone blindly. All that glitters is not gold is perhaps quite relevant here.
YG Jan 18, 2013 01:42am
Didnt he say he is ex-prime minister? so why is he getting signature from an ex-pm?
BILAL Jan 18, 2013 02:07am
What can we expect from the worst HYPOCRITES on earth. Nothing was done to solve the national issues of POVERTY, NO JOBS, FAKE INFLATION, ILLITERACY, LAWLESSNESS, INJUSTICE, CORRUPTION & ALL THE MISCHIEF ONE CAN IMAGINE. No talks were done to maintain peace in Pakistan. Qadri Sb himself is even not a very sound person. Whom do we trust?
Ali Jan 18, 2013 01:32am
So a Canadian national lands just 2 months away from elections all of a sudden after 7 years away from the country, sits in a bomb proof container and decides to bring Inqilab? Give me a break man. IK did well to sideline himself from this freak show who ultimately had to deceive him by signing the agreement anyway
Omer Jan 18, 2013 01:33am
I would like to be optimistic here, and think that with the deal that is expected to be signed by the PM, there will be extra pressure on PPP to stick to their word. If they dont, then what is stopping the people to go to Islamabad again, next time with collective protest of not just TMQ, but PTI and other as well.
jameel Jan 17, 2013 05:04pm
Thank god. This drama is finally over. Now, wait for the next episode.
ifti Jan 17, 2013 05:12pm
One possibility is that they are tiring people out, people were saying they will follow satan, if removal of this govt is guarantied. They are making people lose faith in any kind of leadership. In the end it will be take your pick nawaz or asif
Ali Jan 18, 2013 12:41am
Fraud of the highest order
Saeed Jan 18, 2013 12:41am
Well said , i wonder why half of majority dont like it. The only way Pakistan will get the stability through democracy . Not by some individual
saj Jan 18, 2013 12:46am
we must give some credit to the interior minister who had solid evidence of at least 5 planned attacks that he insistd would be inevitable. the fact they did not happen means he must have acted to prevent them well done
andleeb (canada) Jan 18, 2013 12:46am
I agree with you. Like you, I too am an overseas Pakistani, a Canadian citizen. I am so proud of having one of our Canadian Pakistani, Dr Qadri Sahib who is leading your country today. However, the fact is that maximum progress was made under Ayub Khan and Musharraf (military rule). Are we ready for democracy? I'm talking about the urdu-reading people.
Qasim Jan 18, 2013 12:49am
Qadri was signed by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf as well as the high-level government officials who made up the negotiating team. But did anyone think about that once RAJA Pervez will Arrested than Zardari will say it was signed by Previous Prim Minister which is no longer in action anymore.
AzadDunya Jan 18, 2013 01:00am
End the end the winner is????????? Mohtaram Zardari Saheb
Stranger Jan 18, 2013 12:44pm
How can he dictate any charges.Obviously he has too much time on hands. I think he is rich and bored.
PAKISTANI Jan 18, 2013 12:33am
Well scripted and implemented a true color of corrupt democracy DO WE HAVE A REAL LEADER............ ALLAH HAVE MERCY ON PAKISTAN
tajamal hassan Jan 18, 2013 12:32am
Somebody had to take some kind of initiative and Dr Qadri has taken the first step,let us start distrusting each other
Qasim Khwaja Jan 18, 2013 12:19am
I dont get it, what did he accomplish? They think they can make fools of the people of Pakistan... they think right.
Atta ur Rehman Jan 17, 2013 11:23pm
Give credit to Qadri and I hope that all demands are implemented and we get good and honest politicians after next elections. Why not Imran Khan did not go with Qadri. Sorry Imran not a good move. Nawaz is scratching his head. Zardari PPP did a bold move. Well surprising. It is important to see if the delcaration is implemented honestly. Qadri should be standing for elections.
Thoughtful Jan 17, 2013 11:32pm
Finally a deal is struck between a military agent (look at Qadri's past always after his own interest) and corrupt, shameless Pakistani politicians. What a shame!
QAIYUM Jan 17, 2013 11:33pm
AKBER,@ Allah always sends a reviver to save a civilization from falling apart. Wer did u get this from ?? masala movie ??? Surely ALLAAH helps to those who ask Him for help and ( and prays daily fard SALAH and ZIKR ) Verily never will Allah change a condition of a people until they change what is within their souls [Surah Ra'd -13:11] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~And as we imagine that the ruler would change - whilst the nation do not believe in this Deen - then what would happen is that these people will cause a revolution as had happened, for example lately in Russia - this state was established by force and through tyranny and through suppressing the voice of the people through killing - so we find that the people did not support it, but rather opposed it. And for Allah's laws to be enforced throughout throughout this earth - they have to be carried / defended by the Believers - He it is that has strengthened you with His aid and with the Believers. [Surah Anfaal- 8:62] So we don't wait for the east or the west to help the Deen, but its own people have to be its carriers - they are the ones to carry and defend the Deen.
Shafiullah Shirazi Jan 18, 2013 12:15am
TQM being non political party has done what so called champions Of democracy failed to imagine. The participants deserve congratulation for not only their patience but for being peaceful. On one hand they to a certain extant acheieved noble goal on the other they have sent a strong positive message to the world that Pakistanis are peaceful. No one should doubt our intelligence and decency. World should give up stereotype approach towards us. It doesn
Akhtar Jan 18, 2013 11:19am
He started by saying it was a revolution, but in fact, it turned out to be what the forty thieves wanted.
Chanakya Jan 18, 2013 12:08am
Inside deal. Great drama.
Javed Jan 18, 2013 12:08am
?"They also agreed that the treasury benches in complete consensus with Qadri
Atta ur Rehman Jan 17, 2013 11:28pm
Congragulate to Dr Qadri. Shame that Nawaz and Imran did not join. I must give credit to President Zardari to get a deal. It is sad that Pakistanis have no gas, no electircity and no jobs. Pray that Allah give honest leaders in next elections who can save paksitanis from disaster. Dr Qadri should be given some posts in next government as technocrat...
JD SHAMI Jan 17, 2013 11:26pm
I hope U do and If U do, show the nation, come out, leave ur gitar and ur mobiles.
Bbbb Jan 17, 2013 11:24pm
What did the government concede, and what did Qadri win? The time of the parliament is almost up, agreeing on elections and dissolving parliaments, give or take a few weeks, what does it matter, who got a benefit out of this "topi" drama, look carefully. Poor Qadri, has been used, and now would be discarded like toilet paper.
Shehzad Jan 18, 2013 06:22am
Balwanjee Jan 17, 2013 11:31pm
All political parties helped Shaikhul Islam and Mujaddid of Rawan Sadi (Revivalist of current century) in face-saving exit.
Akbar Khan Jan 17, 2013 11:06pm
How do we know what he negotiated. I for one have lost all hope of Pakistan, because this clearly looks Zardari's work - to get people back on his side and vote for PPP. If the moron's PPP comes back in powr - then you can kiss Pakistan goodbye, because the PPP have already destroyed Pakistan in the last 5 years, what will remain after the elections will be NO MORE.
Bbbb Jan 17, 2013 11:10pm
But these rules were there even before that, signed, dusted and revered, what is the difference now?
Bbbb Jan 17, 2013 11:12pm
Hey, don't compare him with M Bean, at least Mr Bean, makes us laugh.
Faria Jan 17, 2013 07:31pm
Can't understand what happened exactly? Or may be will happen in midst of March to May. But surely there's some black inside Qadri and his mission.
Sania Jan 17, 2013 11:01pm
I don't understand why you think Imran Khan has been clean bowled. He did not become a part of this circus. When the elections are not clean and fair, when the politics and politicians are not accountable and transparent, why make fun of the only man who has stood by his beliefs. I'd rather have a million Imran Khan's than a single Zardari or Qadri or Sharif.
Kashif Jan 18, 2013 11:28am
"Mind blowing" was written with negative and taunting connotation.
Furqan Jan 17, 2013 10:26pm
I would agree to you to some extent but I believe this just proved that all the politicians are mere vultures feeding on the poor civilians and biggest loser in this race is awaam.
khan Jan 17, 2013 10:27pm
and then waited for any other 5 years and then again 5 years and so on
amjad Jan 17, 2013 10:30pm
Qadri is fraud and should be responsible and say sorry to childern suffered in cold weather while he was enjoying watching them from bullet proof nice sofa. so ask your self are you too thick.
BNS Jan 17, 2013 10:53pm
Very good move on part of the government. If someonee is protesting, and has people behind them, hear them sincerely and see what is doable without making it an issue of ego. This government has shown time and time again that they want to talk, compromise and accomodate. I hope this attitude gets continued whoever comes to power next.
JD Jan 17, 2013 10:19pm
A man with millions of dollars in foreign accounts, millions of dollars worth property in Canada (ain't got no clue how he got that), leaves Pakistan because Prophet (PBUH) came in his dream and asked him to leave his homeland, comes back after 5 years, raising slogans of patriotism and backed up by Altaf bhaee, and guess what? YES! thousands of people follow him (because he is their religious leader) thinking that he will bring a change. Laughing out loud!!! Who ever played this game for whatever reasons, I am glad that Imran Khan did the right thing by not participating in the so fake long march because he is an honest man and an honest man never makes back door deals. You want to laugh at Imran Khan? Go ahead and laugh because this is what you have been doing all through your lives, raising fingers at honest men. Nothing can be done when a nation is morally corrupt!!
Syed Jan 19, 2013 12:45am
Most of the ruling elites are corrupt atleast Qadri has raised a voice against corrupt politician, nation should have supported him without hesitation. That is how revolultion comes, not by the votes when there is no chance of fair and free election. If he was not right than why the so called strong and honest government came to the knees when he gave the final dead lines.
Hakim Jan 17, 2013 10:01pm
Come on guys. Nothing is going to change with this type of deals. Look at the Arab world to see how revolutions take place.
Javed S. Jan 17, 2013 10:03pm
Imran Khan waited too long,and let it go,JI as usual on the wrong side,Sharrifs clean bold,Asif Zardari remembered Lal Masjid,Army watched,politicians in the box became diplomates,and after all,Raja Pervaize's signature was required.Bravo! Ladies with infants,good job.
J Jan 17, 2013 09:51pm
shukr- riyasat bhi bach gai or siyasat bhi
Shahpur Jan 17, 2013 09:55pm
He should end his march at BARI IMAM.
Shahpur Jan 17, 2013 09:56pm
Something very devine.
ExPat-Nyorker Jan 17, 2013 08:04pm
All that Rhetoric making people suffer in long march, specially the women, unbelievable how gullible they can be in PK. With regards to Tahir ul Qadri, muslims should safe-guard their deen from this man. He is the last person you want to see if you want knowledge of islam. It's been numerous times that the man has shot himself in the foot with his own words. One can watch video on if u search "tahir ul qadri double face " and see word for word flip-flop stances.
taha Jan 17, 2013 09:34pm
true politics (hypocricy) , that is
Hakim Jan 17, 2013 09:48pm
Sounds like a film. Everything seems to be staged.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 09:20pm
A lot of love stories end like that. The thrill is gone.
Umar Jan 17, 2013 09:24pm
is that was the purpose of this march , I though this is whole to make election reforms. may be I am wrong and if you are right it means terrorism and extremism will leave this country for ever now . hope so ..
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 09:43pm
"He spent last 5 days in the heated container whereas poor people face the harsh weather." "Rank has it's privileges."
jameel Jan 17, 2013 05:06pm
Or first in the ditch.
Hira Jan 17, 2013 05:07pm
Hopefully everything happens good for the nation.
saad Jan 17, 2013 09:11pm
its all pre planned drama. just to show good image of ppp and qadri. if qadri is asking for change then he should himself then ask others to change.
shah Jan 17, 2013 09:16pm
i think biggest loser in this long march episode is Imran Khan who has been talking about tsunami for last 5 years. Qadri stole his thunder, he came and did it.
danial Jan 17, 2013 09:18pm
OFCOURSE there is no guarantee that the current status quo will strictly abide by and fulfill all the demands of the agreement so called Islamabad long march declaration.....they even the defaulters of the powerful judiciary The Supreme Court for 65 years, they will follow such demands...its beyond imagination
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 09:19pm
That's great. Now you can head back to Pakistan for a vacation holiday with the whole family.
shah Jan 17, 2013 09:20pm
Thanks Hira!!.. at least i find someone who has something positive to say about this nation.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 09:30pm
It can't be a democracy without religious participation. Those are the demographics. However it is difficult for the people without basic education to participate and interact in the decision process. Religious schools do not socialized people in the same way public education does or getting a college education abroad does. That is where class differences begin.
Riaz Jan 17, 2013 08:57pm
I don't know why you call it mind blowing; when facts clearly point to just one reality; MQM is plain and simple an opportunistic political party.
jameel Jan 17, 2013 08:59pm
It is religion and this poor nation who are the losers. We have lost trust in our leaders, nad scholars because of these fake saviours.
Akhtar Jan 18, 2013 11:22am
I sincerely believe it to be a cleverly made scheme where Tahirul Qadri is the main actor, and stands to benefit. Either with money, or as the caretaker PM.
M Khan Jan 17, 2013 08:01pm
manoj, stay out of it...
Ahmer Jan 17, 2013 08:05pm
People had placed great faith in Dr Qadri and he has turned out to be just another deal maker.Imran Khan is now the only hope left. When will he launch is tsumani march?
Gandhian Jan 17, 2013 08:07pm
Millions of overseas Pakistanis like me, including our women and children, have remained in extreme anguish because of the ongoing hardship and impending thread to the safety of little children, women, men, young and old of the long march. Because all the Pakistanis are equally dearer to us irrespective of their religious, racial and political affiliations. If any tragedy would have happened to the participants PPP and Coalition would have not only lost the support of millions and millions of overseas Pakistanis but many times more within the Country. But with their great humanitarian and truly democratic approach and solution the PPP leadership as well as the Coalition leaders have won immense praise and cheers from their most worried and anguished countrymen,even from their hitherto opponents, all over the world. Those of opposition parties giving priority to their political vengeance and selfish interest by exposing their heartless and callous indifference till the end of the episode, have only been the great looser. Even from those who have always been their supporters, but who first being a Pakistani of human compassion. I salute to the participants of the historic peaceful procession ,for their unprecedented courage, patience and fortitude, I esteem each and every single participant of the long march sit-in procession much greater than all and any present political leader of our beloved Pakistan. With your so long, so patient, so peaceful, so disciplined and so democratic procession, and by your 5 days and nights continuous slogans against extremists, terroriists and corruption you have shown the true peaceful face of Pakistan and Islam to the entire world? The entire Nation is proud of you.
Akhtar Jan 18, 2013 11:50am
Can you name one thing that can be called revolutionary that Tahirul Qadri achieved. The people who followed him and believe in him are naive. Do a search in Youtube on him and see what he is.
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:52pm
True spirit Negotiating with people like Rehman or Zardari's team and also agreeing on some thing with them. either Mr. Qadri is very innocent or .........................
Hasnain Jan 17, 2013 07:53pm
Bhai he forced these corrupted people sign for new rules which would ban their types from ever entering the government again
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:53pm
is it not fault of the people ? I think it is , they need to learn how to choose a leader .
Riaz Jan 17, 2013 09:05pm
Do you think Allah wants to bless a nation which has become a graveyard of ethics and morality? About time you wake up from your fantasy world.
marwat khan Jan 17, 2013 08:45pm
somebody show these comments to Qadri
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 04:50pm
The fox is the smiling beaver.
Khalid Jan 17, 2013 08:53pm
your doubt is right.. because he is wishing well for Pakistan
jameel Jan 17, 2013 08:54pm
Thanks to Qadri for wasting our valuable time and energies. He still failed in trapping IK after so much investment in him.
Qaiser Hussain Khan Bakhtiari Jan 17, 2013 08:55pm
It was the military's way of saying if you dont give us importance we will create a monster for you that you wont be able to control. Thanks to Pakistani Military Junta
Gandhian Jan 17, 2013 08:56pm
Thanks to Dr. Tahirul Quadri because of whom millions of Pakistanis within and abroad, including myself, learned many vital sections of their Constitution relating to the vital affairs of their day to day living matters and concerning to the pre-qualifications of every public office candidate.. Also of the constitution clauses specifying the duties and obligations of rulers, political, religious and civic leaders, institutions and as well as the public servants and organizations. With his historic long march's 5 days and nights most peaceful processionists including thousands of highly education young and old men and women he shown to international community the truly liberal, democratic, anti-extremism, anti-terrorism, anti-corruption, resilient and peace loving face of the over whelming majority of Pakistani Nation. I challenge that never in the present history of our time there have ever been such a greater and so longer and so peaceful procession without any loud shout and without hurting even to any leaf of the tree. This exposed the true character of the great Pakistani Nation if led by a truly honest and sincere leader of honesty and integrity by himself. How could we expect the followers of a corrupt leadership to be honest for a long time?
Naveed Khan Jan 17, 2013 08:50pm
USA and Canada (Qadri Homeland)
jameel Jan 17, 2013 08:48pm
He is acting as a cunning fox. However, his days are numbered. All these acrobatics will do him no good. Best of planners is almighty.
marwat khan Jan 17, 2013 08:43pm
Nice move Mr GOV, staging all the drama, now the caretaker will be decided by coaliation and mr qadri, you should have included opposition and major parties not in the parliament. as they say in urdu " apas mein hi game kheltay raho gaay",
Nasir Jan 17, 2013 08:43pm
I say all of them are clean bold. Regardless what came out of this March for Qadri or Marchers, people of Pakistan need to know who they should vote for a change or the same bunch of people, or don't vote period if they think none of them deserve their vote. Come out on the street and tell media people that you do not believe the champions of Sham democracy in Pakistan, and this system is "Garbage in garbage out". For one thing Qadri is right don't let the same old people get to the asembly.
Marina Jan 17, 2013 08:36pm
This for the first time in the history of Pakistan that judiciary is independent and a person of fair character is Chief Election Commissioner. Let them prove themselves - instead of relying on a dual national.
Kashif Jan 17, 2013 08:33pm
Paradox... MQM was with Maulana initially then,was in the negotiating government team too. Mind blowing...!!
Salman Dasti Jan 17, 2013 08:35pm
Why people are waiting super hero and try to judge things only black and white or win and lose. Over all qadri Saab march has good impact and let's hope that gradually we will take our country towards stable, democratic and tolerant state where people will live with peace....inshallah.
sm9455 Jan 17, 2013 08:22pm
I'm sorry to say this but this is so fake!
Pakistani Jan 17, 2013 08:30pm
we people just sitting in warm blanket on front of tv,had do nothing for this reform so we are not allowed to say qadri turned back with deal...imran khan tsunami my foot , he was hope of our country but now he is nothing just "batien karne wali machine" or tu kuch houna nai us sye..
The Chosen One (@chosen_nation) Jan 17, 2013 08:12pm
And the life goes on
Hasan Lodhi Jan 17, 2013 08:12pm
I don't think any one saw Zardari pulling this off. Imran has be Clean Bowled. Nawaz can scratch his head. Zardari Gambled on Imran's EGO and read he pitch perfect!
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 08:18pm
Revolution is thrust upon you. The only decision then is which side you will fight on. The time for discussion will be over when the fighting comes into your street. It is human nature to wait until there is no time left.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 08:11pm
The Taliban have already put the machinery of revolution in operation. The only revolution possible is their revolution. For better or worse the women of Pakistan will join no shooting revolution. How then is a democratic revolution possible? The answer is the Egyptian compromise minus the blasphemy laws. Your blasphemy laws are unconstitutional in any civilized nation in the world.
Jaseem Pasha Jan 17, 2013 08:09pm
Winners: 1. Democracy. Yes, indeed, for the first time in the history of Pakistan, an elected civil government will be able to complete its term. This will help to establish a health precedent for future. 2. President Zardari. Regardless what people think of Zardari and his past history, he, compared to all the Pakistani politicians in Pakistan has acted more cooly, without any element of hysterical behavior, and always willing to negotiate with everyone without exception and always stayed on the top, didn't lose any power. He has been the most astute politician the country has witnessed. He even got approved all the cases registered against all politicians to be withdrawn immediately. People's party may not get the majority seats in coming elections, but will still win enough seats to have a voice in the affairs of the country. 3. Maulana Qadri did not lose. His agenda was limited and was concerned with the transparency of the election procedures. And he accomplished that. No Winner/No losers: Army, Judiciary and all the politicians in coalition with government and in opposition stay in status quo Losers: Taliban, Al-Qaeda. They would be angry with Qadri at this time. Somewhat losers are also Sharif brothers, both the Jamaats.
Tahir Ali Jan 17, 2013 07:45pm
and he jollted the longly prevailing doomed political atmoshphere within a short span of time. A task which we were looking forward to Imran khan to be played by. But he couldn't. He will be no where in near future. I was his supporter but I WAS not I AM. He has shown no grace or dignity at all.
Shah Jan 17, 2013 07:45pm
Dawn news is also with Qadiri through its automatic rate down and rate reversal system.
khiska hua Jan 17, 2013 07:46pm
and mr. winner what have u achieved for the ppl.
JD SHAMI Jan 17, 2013 06:58pm
U must be hating ISLAM
Rauf Jan 17, 2013 06:59pm
Wow, Tahir Ul Qadri and change? Mr. Qadri striking a deal with Zardari and Raja, that very much complets asix of evil in Pakistan. Congratulation for no change.
Hasan Jan 17, 2013 07:00pm
Every little detergent, soap or toothpaste you buy, tax is included in the price. All the poor do pay tax that way.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 07:02pm
Pakistan's economic problems, at this point anyway, have no solution. China shot it's landlords and opium dealers in 1949. It's present central economy is geared not to make money but to put people to work. That is why we sometimes buy Chinese goods that are so cheap you wonder how they can make a profit. Often they are not making a profit. Don't compare their country to yours.
Shah Jan 17, 2013 07:04pm
This whole plot was sketched to somehow drag Imran Khan in this dirty politics. After the refusal of Imran Khan, all the corrupt lot of coalition government and their mentor Qadiri decided to pack up this drama. But the real loser are once again the Pakistani Nation, who watched the whole movie on account of their own money of taxes without any climax.
AzadDunya Jan 17, 2013 07:05pm
Q.In the end the Winner is?????????????? A.Zardari No bloodshed no Dhinga mushty. every one is happy. Imran Khan andSharif's Clean Bold.
Abdullah Jan 17, 2013 07:05pm
Yazeedi fouj and hussaini fouj leaders in same bullet proof container discussing people shivering in cold outside.
Eyes Wide Shut Jan 17, 2013 07:08pm
So much for the revolution..
Dilawar Jan 17, 2013 07:09pm
Now Tahir Ul Qadri may start working in bollywood and become a good actor like Nana Patekar
ANEES Jan 17, 2013 07:12pm
If the participants of this drama had some common sense, they could have waited till the next elections and brought a peaceful and serene revolution rather than being befooled by this Mr. Bean.
Ahmed Jan 17, 2013 07:13pm
The democracy movement in Pakistan is older and much stronger than the Egyptian model. We need to stop looking to muslim countries for models. These countries are themselves struggling to catch up with the much more mature democracies of the west. This compromise has shown the democratic parties in Pakistan are rapidly attaining maturity and are able to solve problems in a peaceful manner without burning buses or killing people.
muhammad Jan 17, 2013 08:00pm
dirty game play
Mohsin Jan 17, 2013 04:51pm
end of the drama - as scripted
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 04:51pm
The wrath of Allah will fall.on them only in your dreams.
Arslan Jan 17, 2013 04:52pm
Qadri was a fool from start no one fooled him. He hate this Govt but that's not the way to throw it away.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 04:53pm
"There is a fool born every minute."
Akhtar Jan 18, 2013 11:59am
Why should anyone support a man whose history is checkered. He has been proved a liar. He uses religion for his benefit and lies there too. He has dual nationality. And much more.
Ahmed Jan 17, 2013 04:53pm
So Qadri has been given sleeping pills by the corrupt govt. PTI is already useless with false hope for a revolution. Good work Zardari-Sharif duo, keep eating whatever is left on the table until it finishes. Surprised to see how quickly all status quo got together within two days as soon as someone challenged them. Have they sat together on Corruption, Terrorism, Economy in last 5 years?
Hasnain Jan 17, 2013 08:00pm
First of all, This march had atleast some 50 000 people, not a few thousand. It was not a typical, random march** as many opponents claim, his protest march had world media attention and his passive resistence march forced the government to sign for new election rulings. - Tonnes of idiots will call him a 'molvi' who hides in a bulletproof container , but tell me this - Which uneducated molvi can force the government to negotiate a new set of rules into the constitution/election process? And which uneducated molvi can gather this many people and keep them adamant for 5 days like this outside the Parliament? No one - not even Imran Khan. - Pakistan is full of dishonest people who live in denial just like the politicians. The time will come when you'll recognize the value of today's work.
ali ahmed Jan 17, 2013 04:51pm
every politicians had ties to the military
Stranger Jan 17, 2013 04:50pm
Qadri thinks he is Anna who thinks he is The Mahatma.
Akram Jan 18, 2013 04:19pm
why don't you stop moaning about others and do something yourself.
marwat khan Jan 17, 2013 04:54pm
i wonder how can PM sign the document. court has ordered to arrest that man.
Maktool Pakistani Jan 17, 2013 05:09pm
Well done Qadri go home...PPP well done and enjoy a few more weeks. If the PPP government act on a single word written in the agreement between government and Qadri, then I bet Qadri's shoe (joota) on MQM & PTI sir. I'm guaranteeing you... PPP has Phd in dishonesty and they will do the same over and over again. What a shame... It also tells us the capability of TMQ, MQM and PTI... We do not want to take chance on any of these three parties. They don't have what is needed for the country. I see PMLn went for judges restoration and they were restored. That is the kind of party will take care of shameless PPP and its allies.
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:50pm
Pakistan is at the same place where it was , if you know what I mean ...
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 04:53pm
He who hesitates is last.
Agha Ata (USA) Jan 17, 2013 07:29pm
... and when he was sent back, he happily lived thereafter!
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:50pm
what was that all about? do you guys really thing that they will bring Sadiq and Amin people ? How can some one expect from a team of thieves that they will bring people who meet section 62 & 63. I think this was just an other episode from Cartoon network .
Hina Jan 17, 2013 06:07pm
Happy ending by announcement of dissolution of parliament shortly and care taker government. Pakistan needs peace and stability. Hatred within minds only creates chaos and no one come on Board for progress. Human must love everyone irrespective of his faith. Citizens must be made a part of progress instead of elimination of anyone. This becomes paradise on earth.
khiska hua Jan 17, 2013 07:45pm
have u ever thought may be all this drama was just to discredit IK.
AzadDunya Jan 17, 2013 07:44pm
it's a well known fact that Media is a business, they will bend backwards and raise a person or a Party rating and create a facade. If they don't pay enough the rating goes down. That includes Government's Billions of Rs advertising revenue which is fed to Media to keep the mouth shut. Hundreds and thousands of hours are spent in thrilling news. this is not Journalism. They are also as corrupt to the bone as current Politicians. If Media was sensible and had not given so much attention this fake movement would have collapsed before started.
Tahir Ali Jan 17, 2013 07:42pm
by the way how much time supereme court and election commission were able to implement those points in prior held elections????
LongLive Pakistan Jan 17, 2013 07:42pm
its actually 62 and 63 :-)
karim Jan 17, 2013 07:17pm
Why did he do mukmuka(deal) with the same corrupt people he was denouncing ? Qadri and his marchers looks like fools.
Syed Ammar Ali Zaidi Jan 17, 2013 07:18pm
Thanks to Qadri that nation knows now that section 61 and 62 exist in our constitution and section 218 exist and peoples representation Act exist, now there is a 30 day process for scrutiny if Government adheres to plan, if they dont follow now whole nation knows that we can insist on these, Media if play a fair role they can create pressure too, now political parties shall think twice before fielding a candidate - I agree not ideal but the awareness has been created and the way qadri was cornered this was an honourable exit - i wonder if some parties would have joined him and media wud have been a bit on his side what would have been the result?????
Atif Hamayun Jan 17, 2013 07:19pm
qadri is not only a mullah with devotees... he is a great scholar and have goood education ... and about IK only a word he just involve in tactics of jewish please do 1 thing for pakistan ask FIA to investigate IK paid/funded member of jewish lobby planted in pakistan...
Manoj Jan 17, 2013 07:20pm
Mr, Qadri appeared like a gueat artist came to Pakistan and sound like he will not back out till he achive his goal. He, however like many religious leader misslead the mass as per direction he was given by certain group. He can be a good stuff for 'Bollywood' !
Sajid Aziz Jan 17, 2013 07:38pm
He started his compaign with the slogan of a demand for electoral reforms and Mr. Qadri has been quite successful in this regard. As far as the, during the sit in, his deadlines for immediate dissoultion of assemblies is concerned; these were all tecniques to pressurize the rival camp and make them submit to his original demand. I agree that all these things about electoral process- like article 68 etc-are alread the part of constitution, but we already know that they have never been applied according to their true spirit. Now after the conclusion of this agreement and this whole episode of strong public demonstration,it will be very difficult for tax evaders and fake degree holders to find their way into the assemblies. All credit goes to Mr. Qadri for single handedly achieving all this
pathanoo Jan 17, 2013 07:29pm
Now that this act is finished, wither Pakistan?
Amir Yaqub Jan 17, 2013 07:35pm
We the "Pakistan Qaumi Party" are very pleased and pay heartiest congratualtions to Dr.Allama Muhammad Tahir Ul Qadri & The Current Government of Pakistan who participated in the constructive dialogue with a view to Establish the Rule of Law and transparent evolving democracy with the country. We salute all the participants for their tenacity and sagacity in reaching an amicable and cordial Pax Democracia for the bright future of democracy within Pakistan. While at the same time Pakistan Qaumi Party feels very saddened and disappointed by the Opposition Parties who in their cumulative press conference in Lahore have done their utmost to defile and malign the character of Dr.Allama Muhammad Tahir Ul Qadri. For & On behalf of Pakistan Qaumi Party Mr. Mahmood Ahmad Qalandar - Chairman Mr. Amir Yaqub - Chairman (UK)
Mushtaq Jan 17, 2013 05:03pm
Well-done Qadri Sahib, at least you have shown the courage and made the people of Pakistan realise that real power is Allah's hand, Alham-du-Lillah. Pakistani politicians have almost forgotten that they are Muslims first and then the politicians, they almost worship their leaders as gods. May Allah guide all .....
As Usual Jan 17, 2013 05:11pm
Mr Nabil, the sentence was quoted from Mr Qadri who is being referred as to have (and I quote from the above news) "a history of ties to the military". I hope you understand now.
Irshad Ahmed Kagzi Jan 17, 2013 07:27pm
It's drama , flapped drams. Who is director, script writer etc.
Not an infidel Jan 18, 2013 07:05am
Democracy is still taking revenge :). and showing his beauty
Gerry D'Cunha Jan 17, 2013 07:25pm
victory for the true spirit of Dr Qadri and downfall and shame for the interior minister (not fit)
Nazir Jan 17, 2013 07:14pm
What about your political nit wits? You have hope in them???
TK from USA Jan 17, 2013 06:53pm
A respectable end of a well intended effort by Dr. Qadri. Timings, lack of cooperation by his allies and the weather didn't help. Obviously, those who were looking for a thrilling end between administration and marchers are disappointed. No blood was shed and Dr. Qadri's voice was heard. Whatever is the outcome, that is remained to be seen. President Zardari should also be given credit for his policy of restraint.
kam Jan 17, 2013 06:36pm
And what do you have to say about corruption of Zardari, Gillani, Ashraf, Nawaz Shariff, Maulana Desiel, etc.? Or are THEY your Gods???
shd Jan 17, 2013 06:32pm
ya he has been pacified. Qadri knew that he didn't have enough support of opposition. Thats why he softened his stance at the end. The elections are also around the corner so it wouldn't have made enough difference had the assemblies been dissolved immediately.
Ishtiaq Ali Jan 17, 2013 06:32pm
The agreement is between present Government and Tahreeh e Minhaj Ul Quran. The main point of concern is that how this agreement would be binding on the interim Government .
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 06:28pm
"Real equality can never be anything but a dream until men feel toward each other as brothers." Madame Sun Yat-sen . Wife of Sun Yat-sen, president of China and sister of Madame Chang Kai-shek, both of whom attended a Christian college in America. Their father Charlie Soong was a businessman and politician who was very close to China's top gangsters and the triads (as was General Chang). Peoples hearts are different. Madame Sun Yat-sen became a communist after her husband's death.
rk from ny Jan 17, 2013 06:29pm are indian..??? really.??
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 06:31pm
We don't like mullahs for the very same reason we do not like policemen. Because they are never wrong.
Blitzer Jan 17, 2013 06:23pm
A very good effort by Dr. Qadri to try and bring about positive changes to the electoral process. Let's wait and see how all of this pans out in the upcoming general elections. Congratulations are in order to Mr. Qadri and the protestors, especially women and children. Such people are a glimmer of hope for Pakistan's future.
wais Jan 17, 2013 06:23pm
i was watching TV concerning about long march ,watching every time like world cup matches but his long march ended with no clear change although he was talking about Egyptian model in Pakistan mean revolution.
Shahid Jan 17, 2013 06:25pm
Fraud what else
Saad Jan 17, 2013 06:23pm
qadri is digrace to Islam and Pakistan. He fits into true defination of MUNAFIQ. he is the person who supported Musharraf in 1999 and now he is asking for democracy. check out his interview on youtube given to Danish tv regarding Blasphemy law. In one interview he is rejecting blasphemy law and in other he says that he is the one who brought this law. Qadri is misguiding people from Islam. People like him and javaid ghamdi etc also get a lot of media coverage. Therefore we should be aware to identify these wrong people.
HNY2013 Jan 17, 2013 06:15pm
PhD in Islamic Law (Punishments in Islam, their Classification and Philosophy)
shd Jan 17, 2013 06:15pm
The timing of the Long March wasn't right. With only three months left for the termination of the assemblies, Mr, Qadri was demanding their dissolution prior to that which won't make any difference. As far as electoral reforms are concerned, his demands are ok. But in order to take the sympathy of a common man, he must have done the long march way before.
HNY2013 Jan 17, 2013 06:14pm
His qualification are LLB and PhD in Islamic Law (Punishments in Islam, their Classification and Philosophy). So makes him a notch above a Mullah...:)
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 06:13pm
I don't believe anyone fools Nawaz. He is a hard man to outmaneuver. More likely Zardari has fallen in with him. Zardari is a guy with his head in clouds. He could never hire a target killer, but others could.
Marina Jan 17, 2013 06:13pm
Nation wants to know about the real aim of Qadri behind all this five day drama. He spend billions of rupees and put the lives of innocent people in risk. All the point mentioned in the so called 'Islamabad Declaration' are already the part of constitution - supreme court and election commision is there to implement it.
Riaz Jan 17, 2013 06:13pm
Phira Hua Dimag :) That's the PHD he has. It was all a sham to fool the nation ... again another dram that was staged by a person who has his followers behind him. He is asking to end the Feudal system in Pakistan ... isn't he a Feudal Lord "look-alike" himself? What's the difference? He has his followers and Feudal Lords have their followers ... the end game is the same! When will people of Pakistan learn that these religious leaders and politicians are making a fool and mockery out of Pakistan and people of Pakistan!
Nasah (USA) Jan 17, 2013 06:12pm
"He is not a Mullah, He is highly educated and has a PhD..." -- in self promotion & self aggrandizement besides a Master's in moving deadlines?
Mr.T Jan 17, 2013 06:37pm
khoda pahar nikla choha, thook kar chat lia, jab milna he un say tha tu itna bara drama karnay k faida kia ?
pamir Jan 17, 2013 06:37pm
Well said.
Syed Sarim Jan 17, 2013 06:37pm
He is a shady character who mingle with lot of corrupt people and appeared with loads of funds from no where. He have some big gain promised in return and is backed up by Military & so called super power. I don't trust him.
Z Khan Jan 17, 2013 06:38pm
Disagree; All these problems can be fixed in matters of days if not hours. How? All you have to do is to enforce the existing Islamic laws. Everyone including President, PM and Cheif Justice of Pakistan should be made accountable. In the west, not all people are honestby nature but they fear law. Where as in our homeland, you are a hero if you break the law. Z Khan USA
JD SHAMI Jan 17, 2013 06:41pm
And U know why, because people like you did not show up nsince u like the existing system.
Basheera Jan 17, 2013 06:42pm
Who cares!
Janikhel Jan 17, 2013 06:43pm
Very well said, Imran it is the corruption, corruption and corruption that is the very root cause of sick mentality among the heads of the flock. They do not deserve to be called leaders or Politicians, because they are sub-standard humans and yet they claim to be heading an Islamic country, not only are they mentally challenged but they have made mockery of the religion
Javed Rahman Jan 17, 2013 06:46pm
It is a drama for cheap popularity, nothing has changed.
Akhtar Jan 18, 2013 11:46am
Zardari achieved what he wanted.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 06:48pm
That's the truth, but the simpletons loved every minute of it. They thought they were "making a difference" no matter how it turned out. They will remember the people they spent their time with.
JD SHAMI Jan 17, 2013 06:49pm
I congratulate Dr. Qadri for a successful and peaceful ending. No other opposition party including Imran Khan has the courage to do this kind of DHARNA in this kind of cold.freezing weather. I wish more Pakistanis had joined him. BUT this is a unfortunate nation. When the time comes, they go to sleep. I guess, Pakistanis like no gas, no electricity, no petrol, no CNG, no jobs, no education, GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL, YOU DESERVE IT.
Saad Jan 17, 2013 06:50pm
corruption is definately not acceptable. But if you are a religious scholar and you do wrong things (especially BIDDATS) then it is totally unacceptable and unforgivable. Because you are guiding people towards wrong path.
Malala the Great Jan 17, 2013 06:50pm
'What's in a name? That which we call a Mullah by any other name would smell as rotten'
kam Jan 17, 2013 06:51pm
yes indeed.
Sheikh Jan 17, 2013 06:52pm
If I were a betting man... I would take you up on your prediction.
kam Jan 17, 2013 06:53pm
yes indeed. IK, Jamaat Islami, both seem to favour corrupt politicians over the people right to Justice.
Akber Jan 17, 2013 06:10pm
Do you think that Allah himself would descend from ARSH to save you?No,he would help you only if you help yourself.Remember,Allah always sends a reviver to save a civilization from falling apart.
Ahmed Jan 17, 2013 06:10pm
That's what I said. Imran will be the biggest loser after elections, not Qadri. Imran's sick advisers are fooling him around. He's dreaming about revolution or clean sweep while sitting on the fence, no way 5-10 NA seats max and he'll sit in the opposition for next 5 years..
HNY2013 Jan 17, 2013 06:09pm
His qualification is LLB, correct me if i am wrong.
Agha Ata (USA) Jan 17, 2013 06:09pm
What a pacifier! :)
Anis Jan 17, 2013 06:06pm
What tax dollar you talking about. Who pays taxes in Pakistan. That's a donated money from foreign nations. As the old saying goes "EASY COME EASY GO."
janan Jan 17, 2013 06:04pm
We called this educated sent those fellows to oxford trust me you can't change there mentality.
janan Jan 17, 2013 06:05pm
Once upon a time there was a Sheikh imported from Canada
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 06:06pm
My question is, inside the rank and file (and the officer corps) of the military how many are Muslims?
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 04:48pm
They know just how to get to Dr. Qadri - flattery. Flattery will grease the skids so these leaders will look progressive.
Ahmed Jan 17, 2013 06:00pm
IK's reputation has been damaged instead. He is singing "Drones" song for last many years, promised for march but it didn't happen and nothing changed. His rhetoric of revolution or change is loosing its steam fast. You'll witness that in upcoming elections when PTI won't get anything but 5-10 NA seats max.. Jan 17, 2013 06:00pm
a drama come yo end, a men with slogan of revolution give up just in three days, sir it is easy to sit in a well heated bunker and talk about revolution, if you want revolution than face the real world .
ali ahmed Jan 17, 2013 04:47pm
Zardari can not fool all the time...this was soft was very encouraging the way the people expressed their inner feeling especialy the youth inspide of freezing cold and rain. we salute the .Participant for the Self-discipline
JD SHAMI Jan 17, 2013 05:58pm
IMRAN is a looser, always was ans always will be.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 05:55pm
Yes it was encouraging. Baby has to crawl before he can walk.
Imran Jan 17, 2013 05:50pm
The reality is that Qadri, Imran Khan or anyone for that matter will bring about any substantial change right away. That's because it is not possible. The root cause of the problems in Pakistan relate to moral corruption (and I am not talking about women on TV, I am talking about financial corruption in every department of every organization in this country). They also relate to bigotry (related to women and minority rights) and a dissillusionment that religion will solve all our problems and finally a denial of the existance of the Taliban that want to destroy our way of life. Until there is kindness and love in the hearts of Pakistanis and not anger, ignorance and greed, we will remain a troubled nation countinously teetering on the brink of disaster. We are our own worst enemy.
JD SHAMI Jan 17, 2013 05:55pm
He is not a Mullah, He is highly educated and has a PhD. Calling him Mullah, u r not only demonising your religion but also degrading education.
Kamran Jan 17, 2013 05:52pm
We have hope in ALLAH but not in Qadri Sb(who tailors Allah's deen)
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 05:51pm
"...since hope is diminishing day by day
Khan Jan 17, 2013 05:48pm
Shame on us as a Nation. We all nothing but mounsters and munafiqs. This country should be called "Islamic Republic of Pakistan". It should be called "Badmash Republic of Pakistan".
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 05:49pm
They are not Muslims first. Whatever gave you that idea? Politicians tell you only what you want to hear.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 05:46pm
I could use a few worshipers myself. Nothing wrong with that. Can a savior deliver? That is the question. If you don't deliver you aren't the savior any more.
humaira Jan 17, 2013 05:47pm
FIA was investigating how TuQadri got funded through hundi (money laundring) and the only thing for the government delegation to get him on the terms would have been the evidence shown to his sorry "backside". waste of millions of tax money on securing this large crowd. why didn't IK joined him? now see the answer. IK isn't involved in such nasty tactics neither he is a mullah with devotees (murids).
Mansoor Jan 17, 2013 05:48pm
The govenments in Pakistan, sadly, never seem to learn from past mistakes committed time and again in our political history: Appeasing the Mullah will never be conducive for putting the country on a moderate path in accordance with the ideals envisaged by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Pakistan Movement. The today's drama will only help to perpetuate our culture of political short-sightedness.
jameel Jan 17, 2013 05:48pm
We did not lose hope in Pakistan. We lost faith in our "religious scholars".
sja Jan 17, 2013 05:48pm
Before he started his LONG DRIVE or his own so called LONG MARCH, he was a HUSSAINI LASHKAR and going for whatever, but now looks HE HAS A SULAH ISLAMABAD IN THE LIKE OF SULAH HUDDAIYBIA with the looters, robbers of Pakistan that they will follow this cleric lead for the reformation and new government of Pakistan. Allah hum gharib Pakistanioon kay haaal par reham farma or in MUFAHYAMATI SIYASI KIRDAROOON KI SIYASI MUFAHAYMATOON SAY BACHA AMEN SUMA AMEN
Atif Hamayun Jan 17, 2013 05:45pm
Ever bad decision by imran khan to refuse join the rally. he is the man who always talk about change reform but when time appear take step back. Mark my words imran khan will be the 1st man after 2013 elections that who will say
jameel Jan 17, 2013 05:45pm
He has the right to use those words. He has worked and struggled for this cause.
Observer Jan 17, 2013 05:46pm
Very well said kausik. It is a great tragedy that kausik (who I think is from India) knows Pakistanis' problems better than Pakistanis. Our nation is too divided to converge on anything. In this game of narrow minded, egos of Pakistanis, even the Constitution of Pakistan gets trampled. Sad state of affairs. No single person can correct our nation. Please stop looking for a miracle man. Let us work together and get out of this mess that we are stuck in using powers of unity and determination. It may take time but it is entirely possible and that is the only way in my humble opinion.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 05:42pm
With beaver teeth.
A2Z Jan 17, 2013 05:42pm
Can you tell what he has achieved from this sit-in. He spent last 5 days in the heated container whereas poor people face the harsh weather. At the end assemblies would in march and elections would be held in 90 is already in the constitution. All this was a drama
sja Jan 17, 2013 05:43pm
So true all the MUFAHAYMATI CHARACTERS agree on a new scheme to save PAKISTAN. Do not believe me see the characters around this great Canadian Scholar all the same and he is so proud to announce he has achieved his ambition long drive and will dictate his whims on all of Pakistan---------------- So God please us the POOR PAKISTAN from foreign nationals. AMEEN ------ enough is enough. If you cannot beat them JOIN THEM with an accord.
jameel Jan 17, 2013 05:44pm
That tells you that you don't become smart by getting a PhD.
Observer Jan 17, 2013 05:41pm
I have heard too many Pakistanis talk of revolution. Why do people fail to realize that the present Constitution promises all cures of the problems? If the 3 or 4 main parties that have voters (PPP, PML-N, MQM, ANP) are so bad, why not form new parties that challenge the problems with old parties and try to correct them (much like Imran Khan's PTI). Then leave it to voters (who happen to be owners of the country) decide what they like to choose for themselves. If you think people are fools and they will make a wrong choice, then go back to the principle that it is people's country and they can do with it whatever they like.
Hina Jan 17, 2013 04:48pm
Dawn is good but it closes its comments and even it did not publish many comments, why? let everyone's voice heard and that may be good for the nation.
Arif Jan 17, 2013 05:08pm
Is this whole drama engineered ?? --> ""Tahirul Qadri, who supported a 1999 military coup, has been calling for the ""military"" to play a role in the formation of a caretaker administration in the run-up to elections due in May""
Michael Malcolm Jan 17, 2013 04:41pm
We do hope that GOD being the witness the Zardari Government will not back out. The wrath of Allah will fall.on them.
Angry Jan 17, 2013 04:39pm
That shrewd Zardari, outfoxed them all, once again.
Pankaj Patel(USA) Jan 17, 2013 05:39pm
PHD in what? Is that important?
Tariq Jan 17, 2013 05:39pm
Another sham comes to its logical end. Totally pointless drama, the biggest losers being the simpletons who brave the weather and spent four nights under open skies.
Akber Jan 17, 2013 05:39pm
I feel pity for all pessimistic Pakistanis who lost hope in their country.Why can't you support Qadri Sahab in his struggle for change?Have you people lost hope in Allah?Can't you think positive?Why can't you have a firm belief that something better could happen to your country?I am an Indian and I have firm belief that Pakistan can come out this grave situation.
Khalid the Warrior Jan 17, 2013 05:37pm
Well done Tahir ul Qadri!! No matter what the outcome people will critisize Dr sahib as was the case even before this march started. If he had started a voilent protest after the deadline these same people would have bashed Dr sahib again for putting kids and women into danger. We are not happy in any case. At least Dr sahib had guts to stand up against tyrant rulers and spoke the truth. and told the people of Pakistan how can we achieve the real inqilab. This is the catalyst for Inqilab for the years to come. Govt knows now that the nation is awoken and won't let these corrupt rulers rule again without any accountability..... Whatever the outcome, you have made proud to be Pakistani today! I salute all the participants...
akhtar Jan 17, 2013 05:37pm
what did Dr. Qadri received in return for his obedience to call off march? Nothing will change? Things will go on with little cosmetic changes to fool the masses.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 05:35pm
Qadri is a template for the next ambitious cleric. It's a process. His people couldn't stay out in the freezing cold. It was the wrong time of year. He did the smart thing. Jan 17, 2013 05:35pm
..and Qadris followers worship him.
Atif Hamayun Jan 17, 2013 05:34pm
Agree with ahmed !!! n 1 request for PTI .. dont ever use the name of reform and revolution again in our country...
kausik Jan 17, 2013 05:31pm
Democracy is crucial to Pakistan and India. Empty threats against system is not adequate as clean politicians need to convince voters without buying vote or using booze as prevalent in India with crusaders like JP of Loksatta leading the movement peacefully.Pakistan needs clean politicians with public good in mind to compete in elections and end dynastic corrupt politics.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 06:02pm
Everyone lies and truth is relative.
Cyrus Howell Jan 17, 2013 05:30pm
That is why half the police in Pakistan are in Islamabad protecting the flesh eaters from any danger, including danger of arrest.
malik Jan 17, 2013 04:34pm
very sad, just like they all agreed on "charter of democracy" but never followed it. Zardari just fooled Qadri, just like he fooled Nawaz
Safwan Jan 17, 2013 05:14pm
Also please buy him one way ticket to Toronto where it got imported.
bilalchaudhry2 Jan 17, 2013 05:15pm
While I applaud for him for organizing the masses, this entire Million Man March was a complete sham. How can you continue to give deadlines and then continue to extend them? And then to top it all off, how can you suddenly reach a solution so cleverly named the "Islamabad Resolution"? All seems a bit too dramatic and a bit too staged? If we just step back and think, Qadri was a nobody just a few months back and he is now motivating the masses-- Please, give me a break!
shadu Jan 17, 2013 05:15pm
business as usual folks
bilalchaudhry2 Jan 17, 2013 05:15pm
While I applaud for him for organizing the masses, this entire Million Man March was a complete sham. How can you continue to give deadlines and then continue to extend them? And then to top it all off, how can you suddenly reach a solution so cleverly named the
Akshay Guleria Jan 17, 2013 05:16pm
Governments in both the countries are same. Full of corrupt and shrewd politicians. Even Anna Hazare led similar kinda crusade in India. He too wanted to talk direct with Prime Minister. And the PM sent his emissaries to talk. When it came to implementing the suggestions, govt backtracked and fooled everyone. Govt will never accept anything which stops or checks corruption because this is a direct self conflict.
kausik Jan 17, 2013 05:17pm
This is really tragic for Pakistan as religious leaders like qadri supporters of military rule which is probably more corrupt and unaccountable and authoritarian being allowed and swaying public opinion in Pakistan is needed is fundamental changes in electoral process to elect clean politicians as advocated by JP in India where corruption is rampant in election process and criminal elements are dominating and I am sure same is happening in Pakistan.clean thinkers like NFP should lead to clean system.This fellow Qadri lives in Canada and supports corrupt milatary leaders crushing democracy .He should start a party and contest elections without buying votes and clean the system if he so desires.
Ahmed Jan 17, 2013 05:18pm
It was a high time for Imran khan to join Qadri to put pressure for electoral reforms but he missed the train. Now I can bet PTI might get 5-10 NA seats max under current system. Tomorrow they'll be moaning in press conferences about corrupt practices and no one will listen to them. PTI has been encircled by status quo oldies like Qureshi, Hashmi and Tareen etc who're doing more bad than good. Sad!!!
Rizwan Ahmed Jan 17, 2013 05:20pm
Iqbal Khan Jan 17, 2013 05:20pm
We, here abroad, withstand derogatory remarks other people pass about Pakistan. We are lost, having nothing to be proud of to reply sternly. We have nowhere to go. I think let these monsters eat our country till the people have no choice left but only a true revolution.
Asif Jan 17, 2013 05:22pm
yeap ............yet again..............
waqas manzoor Jan 17, 2013 05:08pm
I am very happy BECAUSE I already knew that it will happen. Only afsoos is why our people spend thier time for the nothing ONLY they hope may be he is the MAN who bring us good. We have to change ourselfs this is the only key. want change first change your self
Asif Jan 17, 2013 05:25pm
I would not give Qadri 5 stars since he did not finish the job what he intended to or what he was showing people ...........once again we have yet to find a real leader in this great country and only Allah can bring one...............since hope is diminishing day by day....
Zahid Jan 17, 2013 05:25pm
No, he is smiling like a possum.
Al Bundy Jan 17, 2013 05:26pm
Point to notice that this is the only person in this game with an actual PhD.
Nabil Jan 17, 2013 04:39pm
who has a history of ties to the military? If something is being implied it should be spelled out clearly - expect a more straightforward approach from you Dawn. This is a news item (not an opinion piece).
John Jan 17, 2013 04:41pm
Probably sold out the interests of common man.
Jamshed Khan Jan 18, 2013 01:50pm
What really went on behind doors, we will never find out. Also, it makes me wonder - do we have anyone (any politician) sincere with the country and its people!
Akhtar Jan 18, 2013 11:55am
I am surprised that people can be so naive and accept the agreement as genuine, and then compare it to sulah Hudaibiya.
S.H. Zaidi Jan 17, 2013 06:02pm
A great achievement of a single man, Dr. Quadri, against immense odds! This is what it is and should be recognised as such. However, the agreement is incomplete in the sense that more meetings would be required on some points not yet resolved, such as the reconstitution of the Election Commission. But how would this agreement really resolve the main problems of Pakistan, the foremost among which are terrorism and corruption
Furqan Jan 18, 2013 02:21pm
democracy is not that will stablize Pakistan, we need a ruler that tells us everything, and a leader that could lead us to some common sense and open mindedness where people could learn to be responsible and understand their civic duties. Only after that democracy will work in Pakistan.
Fayyaz Jan 17, 2013 04:44pm
Imran Khan Missed the boat.......
Janjuah Jan 17, 2013 04:44pm
The pre-planned game between Dr TQ and the Governmnet is over.... Mukmuka... like always