Qadri expresses grief on SC attitude
15 February, 2013
LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Tahirul Qadri has categorically declared that he would not challenge the Supreme Court decision on his petition for the reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan and expressed grief over the court's attitude, saying it did not hear his point of view.
The Supreme Court threw out his petition on the grounds that he could neither prove his bona fide nor his legal ability to be a party to bring a lawsuit or participate in the particular case.
The court also said that Qadri's petition did not fall under Article 184 of the constitution, therefore, the matter should be taken up at any other forum. After arriving in Lahore from Islamabad, Qadri held a press conference at the TMQ Headquarters. He announced that he would not challenge the court decision.
The cleric said he had approached the court as a common citizen to prove his stance and only had objected to the judges' attitude towards him on the petition.
However, Qadri said he respects the court and would continue his efforts for a bright future of the Pakistani nation. He said the court did not hear his point of view about the election commission, and only discussed his dual nationality during the hearing of his petition.
He said that the judges just expressed their apprehensions on his Canadian nationality, although dual nationality was constitutionally allowed and agreements had been signed with several countries in this regard.
The TMQ chief said the image of Pakistan could be damaged if overseas Pakistanis were not considered as equal citizens.