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Qadri gives 'last deadline'; govt forms committee for talks

17 January, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) Dr Tahirul Qadri on Thursday gave the government a 'last deadline' of until 3 pm to meet his demands, adding that talks would now only be held with President Asif Ali Zardari. Moreover, the government had constituted a four member committee to hold talks with the TMQ chief.

He added that he was giving a last chance to the government to address his demands.

Qadri said the attitude of the country's rulers had proven that there was no space for peace in Pakistan.

Addressing his supporters during the sit-in in Islamabad, Qadri said although he had given the government three weeks for talks, but the rulers had failed to budge.

He said the country's current rulers did not believe in a peace resolution of issues confronting the nation.

The TMQ chief said hundreds of thousands had been staging a sit-in in the capital for days, adding that the participants were only counting on God's mercy.

Qadri said the country was not being governed under a democratic system and instead barbarity was the order of the day.

He criticised Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for travelling to Balochistan four days after the bombings in Quetta and said the rulers did not have a democratic temperament.

The TMQ chief questioned as to how were the "terrorists" entering the country, adding that brutality was at its extreme in Pakistan.

Qadri moreover claimed that members of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) were also participating in the sit-in.

Govt constitutes committee for talks with Qadri

Moreover, sources told that the president had been informed of Qadri's demand for holding talks with him.

Sources added that the federal government had constituted a committee of four to hold talks with the TMQ chief.

The committee includes Afrasiab Khattak, Farooq Sattar, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Khurshid Shah.

The TMQ chief is leading tens of thousands of protesters outside parliament to demand that the government resign. It is the largest political rally in the capital for years.

The rally has threatened to destabilise the country as it inches towards what would be the first democratic transition of power between two civilian governments in the upcoming elections.

An estimated 25,000 people are believed to be taking part in the largest rally in Islamabad since the current government took office in 2008.

Earlier on Wednesday, the main opposition parties demanded an immediate timetable for elections, but refused to join Qadri.

The government has announced no date for polls but says parliament will disband in mid-March to make way for a caretaker government and elections within 60 days.

Qadri wants parliament dissolved now and a caretaker government set up in consultation with the military and judiciary to implement key reforms such as setting up a new election commission and banning corrupt candidates.

Qadri's sudden — and apparently well-financed — emergence after years in Canada has been criticised as a ploy by sections of the establishment to delay the elections and sow political chaos.

Information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has ridiculed the TMQ chief, accusing him of staying in a "seven-star bunker" while women and children camp out in the chilly nights and issued a veiled threat alluding to his possible arrest.

While critics dismiss Qadri's supporters as a rent-a-crowd, many of the sit-in participants articulate real concerns about Pakistan's problems, digging in for the long-haul, with supplies of food, water and mattresses and blankets.

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Reader Comments:

The Time of Jihad (Strugle) is Now!

The Time of Jihad (Struggle) is Now!

Pakistan has been in the hands of corrupt leaders for too long. We should admire Dr Qadri's stance. The protestors are to be applauded. The way the decadent government and the unscrupulous oppositions have ganged up and have tried to discredit this freedom fighter to save their own positions are immoral and further highlights the great evil behind Pakistan's political establishment.

The government of the day should be responsible for the welfare of the nation and its people. Instead the PPP are too busy pilfering the country to its knees. Just look at the accounts and profiles of their two most senior leaders. The rule of good government is to care and provide for their people, which clearly are lagging in Pakistan. These corrupt leaders are only working for their own best interests and have placed themselves above the law.

Wake up nation. Your everyday complaints – load shedding, inflation, lack of services, terrorism and corruption – are being blatantly ignored. The time for change is now! The time for action is now! Stand up for your rights! Show your support for anti-corruption and for positive change! May Allah help and reward us!

1) Raja Pervaiz Ashraf AKA “Raja Rental”
He oversaw expensive, hundreds of millions of dollars (21 billion Pakistani Rupees), "rental power" projects that generated very little power. He has been accused of receiving kickbacks in the rental power projects, earning the nickname "Raja Rental” and of using illegal money to buy foreign property such as in London.

2) Asif Ali Zardari AKA “Mr 10%”
Zardari previously has bee, of accused of using his wife's political position to charge a ten percent commission for obtaining permission to set up any project or to receive loans. He was tagged with the nickname "Mr. Ten Percent.” To secure his political and financial career he stands accused of killing his brotherinlaw, Murtaza Bhutto

Mogul, - 17 January, 2013

Qadri and CJ

Wah re Zardari ! Tumne Qadri ko bna ullu-Padri aur CJ ko bna diya DJ

Bilawel, - 17 January, 2013

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