Minhajul Quran invites PML-F, ANP to attend long march
01 January, 2013
KARACHI: A delegation of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran called on Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) General Secretary, Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh, on Monday.
The delegation was headed by General Secretary Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran Dr Raeeq Abbasi. Both the leaders agreed to holding of elections on time without any delay so that masses should get rid of what they called 'present corrupt' government. They demanded formation of impartial caretaker government on immediate basis.
Talking to media after meeting, Imtiaz Shaikh criticised Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah's statement in which he showed his helplessness over continued deaths of innocent children in upper Sindh due to measles. He also demanded his resignation. Shaikh said that Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran delegation had invited PML-F to join their long march, and a decision in this regard would be taken under Pir Pagaro's advise.
He said that PML-F wanted fair and free elections under supervision of judiciary. He said that electoral reforms of Minhajul Quran were welcomed but it should not be cause of delay in holding of elections in the country. Senator Khuda Bakhsh, Mir Mohammed Khokar, Nusrat Saher Abbasi, Dr Taj, Shama Munshi, Nadim Mirza, Dr Hasan Raza, Qasim Soomro, Khizar Hayat Mangrio from PM-F were also present on the occasion. INP adds: A delegation of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran on Monday invited Awami National Party (ANP) to join long march on January 14.
The delegation met ANP Sindh president Shahi Syed at his residence in Karachi and invited him. During the meeting, the ANP senior leader said that the decision would be taken by the central leadership of the party. The leaders in the delegation said that the invitation of long march scheduled for January 14 had been given to MQM, ANP and other nationalist parties.
Earlier this month, founder of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran gave a deadline of January 14 to government to form electoral reforms or else face a million men march towards the federal capital.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) has assured complete support to Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri for his long march towards Islamabad on January 14.
The views were expressed by PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain after meeting Tahirul Qadri at his residence on Monday. Shujaat was accompanied by Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Mushahid Hussain Syed and other leaders of the party. Shujaat said that he had old relationships with Qadri and would continue his support to the PAT leader.
"Tahirul Qadri has raised voice against the evil forces in the country," he said, adding that the PML-Q would work alongside PAT in the fight against the evil forces.
Earlier, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has also announced to participate in the long march of Tahirul Qadri.
Earlier, while talking to a private TV channel, Qadri said that there is no problem in having dual nationality but he respects the decision of the Supreme Court to bar dual nationals from entering assemblies. He also said that he will not contest the general elections so there is no problem with him retaining his Canadian nationality.
Regarding a question over financing of his December 23 political rally in Lahore, Qadri said, "I categorically deny any funding from foreign or domestic agencies. All the money has been raised by members of Minhaj-ul-Quran."