Qadri says he is ready for dialogue with President, PM
03 January, 2013
KARACHI: Chairman of Pakistan Awami Tehrik Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has said that he is ready to meet President and Prime Minister for the formation of authoritative interim government but they have to come to Lahore.
LHC moved against Qadri's long march
Talking to the journalists here on Wednesday he said that some politicians are giving advice to Election Commission for bringing electoral reforms but this would not produce desired results.
Qadri said that the Election Commission has no powers for amending the law. If the case of rigging is send to ECP, they refer it to the courts and final decision would take five years to decide.
He reiterated his resolve that only negotiations can not prevent long march until government act upon the constitution completely.
"If the announcement of interim government would be made before long march , the people would reject it", he added.
The chief of Minhaj-ul-Quran termed his visit of Karachi very successful in which the ties with MQM has strengthened . He hoped that they would soon get their destination with the support of MQM.
He once again clarified that the deadline given to the government would be finished on January 10 , while long march would be started on 14. He said that he wants only the implementation of constitution in its true letter and spirits instead of new legislation.
A petition was moved in the Lahore High Court against the proposed long march announced by Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Tahirul Qadri on January 14.
Petitioner Huzaifa Bukhari submitted his petition though Advocate Assad Abbasi in the Rawalpindi bench of Lahore High Court and has made the federation of Pakistan, government of Punjab, Tahirul Qadri and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) as respondents.
The petitioner claimed that Qadri, a Canadian citizen, wants to postpone general elections through his long march. He prayed to the court to initiate proceedings against Qadri, as the march was against the state and was a conspiracy to abrogate the constitution. The petitioner added that the proposed long march can create chaos in the country, therefore the court must order to stop it.
The LHC bench accepted the petition and would hear it today (Thursday). Qadri, with MQM's support, has called a "million-man march" on Islamabad to demand reforms in the electoral system. He said that Islamabad will become a 'peaceful' Tahrir Square during the march.
MQM chief Altaf Hussain has expressed full support for Qadri and his cause and has called for the maximum number of people to participate in the march to bring a "revolution" in Pakistan.
Qadri had on Tuesday said that first there should be reforms in the country and then elections. He said that four million people will gather in the federal capital to "demolish the wall of cruelty with one stroke".