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Tahirul Qadri addresses supporters during a protest rally in Islamabad, Jan 17, 2013. — Photo by AFP

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said change could not come through sitting in a container but through the power of votes, adding that the “pretend-march” of Tahirul Qadri, chief of the Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran, had derailed after striking a deal on Islamabad's D chowk, DawnNews reported.

In a statement released from Lahore, the chief minister criticised the TMQ chief saying the conspiracy to derail the democratic system had failed miserably.

The statement added that after the deal was struck at D chowk, the “container-revolutionaries” had become akin to the “corrupt” politicians they had been criticising.

The chief minister said those claiming to save the state had barely managed to keep their word.

He called the march "a drama that lasted for five days", adding that it reached its "logical conclusion in five hours and without fulfilling its objective".

Sharif said his government had created new records with respect to public service, adding that no one could prove corruption of a single rupee against the Punjab government.

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Michael Malcolm Jan 19, 2013 05:46pm
Shahbaz Sharif talks about Dr. Qadri having failed to derail Democracy. First Dr. Qadri NEVER EVER said or mentioned about derailing democracy. He was sitting in a container not in aircondition fortress of homes and body guards of the ruling party and PML-N leaders. The Government and the opposition in assembly and senate were all defeated including the President and Prime minister who went to Dr. Qadri not to make any deal but to succumb to his legitimate demand.
Dilawer Jan 19, 2013 03:47pm
People get the government they deserve
srkhan2312 Jan 19, 2013 04:14pm
This drama was successfully staged because you people do not deliver.
Cyrus Howell Jan 19, 2013 09:02am
The conspiracy to derail democracy has failed. We can derail it without help from others. Shahbaz Sharif
excalibur Jan 19, 2013 10:04am
if shahbaz cannot see the difference in strengthening democracy and de railing it , he should step down from all public service tamasha