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Tahirul Qadri presents 4 demands for elections

16 January, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Tahirul Qadri has presented four demands for the next general elections and gave an ultimatum to the government to decide till tonight, our sources reported.

Speaking to the participants of sit-in at D-Chowk, Dr. Qadri presented his four demands, saying that elections should be held under article 62, 63 and 218 of the constitution.

In his second demand, Qadri made it clear that election commission of Pakistan should be dissolved and reconstituted again. He also demanded to dissolve federal and provincial assembles.

Caretaker set up should not be brought under a deal (Mukmukah) with two parties, he said in his fourth demand.

Dr Qadri said he wanted to be the caretaker of the nation rather caretaker prime minister.

Giving ultimatum over charter of demands, he said the government should decide till tonight.

Moreover, Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran leader Dr Tahirul Qadri said on Wednesday that his supporters will not let the elections to take place if they will be announced without the reforms, our sources reported.

Dr Qadri was talking to our sources and said that if it is legitimate to lick the boots of Army and receive money from them, then why it cannot be consulted for the country's larger benefit.

The TMQ leader assured that they will not let the elections to take place without announcing the reforms in the election process.

Hoping to keep the Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran's (TMQ) marchers at bay, a third layer of shipping containers was being lined up between D-Chowk and the sit-in site earlier today.

The authorities in federal capital are trying their best to stop the thronging sit-inners from making inroads towards the Parliament House or other sensitive establishments that fall in the Red Zone.

On the other hand dozens of TMQ's stick-wielding activists kept a vigil about the sit-in site all night long.

Earlier on Tuesday, Dr Tahirul Qadri said he had delivered half of his speech and half of the job was done as the Supreme Court had ordered the arrest of the prime minister, and on Wednesday (today), God willing, the remaining job would be done.

In a speech tinged with emotion to a cheering crowd of hundreds of thousands, he greeted the audience on hearing the SC order for the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in connection with Rental Power Projects (RPPs) corruption case.

He offered two Nawafils (thanksgiving prayers) and advised his supporters to do so on the development. Dr Qadri described it as his victory.

During his speech, Dr Qadri clarified that his sit-in was for the supremacy of the Constitution and to pave the way for true democracy as per the provisions of the Constitution.

He added he was in favour of real democracy in Pakistan, and claimed only two institutions — the judiciary and the armed forces — were functioning, and paid tributes to them for their services.

Earlier, Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran leader Dr Tahirul Qadri has invited Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan to join the long march on Wednesday, our sources reported.

During is address Dr Qadri said that Imran Khan is against the status quo and is not included among the corrupt leaders. He is also seeking change and that is why he incited him to participate in the long march and add power to it.

He said that if they share the same demand, then Imran Khan should also support him to get rid of the corrupt leadership.

Dr Qadri also invited the other parties to work with him and take part in the process to bring change, as it will be achieved only through the long march.

He continued saying that the Army and judiciary did not interrupt the government in the past five years but the leadership could not deliver anything to the masses. He said that people don't want the offenders to get involved in the legislation.

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Reader Comments:

Qadri disobeyed Constitution.

Qadri himself has disobeyed the constitution. I hope Imran Khan would choose the right person. Allah save Pakistan from these culprits.

Ahmed Raffay, Pakistan - 16 January, 2013

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