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Long march: PTI stands to benefit

January 22, 2013

THE Long March was indeed a success in paving the way for the PTI to show its strength in the upcoming election whose slogan is also: “We want change”.

This long march and Islamabad declaration, if fully exercised, will benefit the PTI, which should thank Dr Tahirul Qadri for paving its way for the election without having to have their tsunami mounted on the present government.

FARHAN AHMED QADRI Mississauga     Canada

Wrath or blessings

WHAT did Dr Qadri accomplish for the nation? The provisions of the constitution he stressed upon are already in place; it is only necessary to implement them.

It appears he only succeeded in delaying the elections from 60 days (according to the constitution) to 90 days from the formation of the interim government, i.e. from May to June.

The only commendable act was that of the great crowd that thronged the sit-in despite the cold to express their belief and determination.

At the end Dr Qadri praised some of the government functionaries against whom the sit-in was organised. Where is the credibility?

RAFI AHMED      Karachi

A deal?

THE drop scene of Dr Qadri’s long march didn’t leave us clear as to who has gained what.

Pakistan as a nation has gained nothing much as corruption is still rampant. If Dr Qadri was against the government and the system, why did he invite the same government from the same system for dialogue? The agreement was signed by the same prime minister whom Dr Qadri called ‘ex’ and enchanted slogans against him.

A foreign national could jam Islamabad for days; he stayed in a comfortable container (which cost millions of rupees) while his supporters shivered on streets and when he ordered an end to the protest, the followers walked away without getting any direct benefit.

It forces me to think when simplicity crosses all its limits, it enters folly.