QUETTA: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Wednesday that Minhajul Quran International’s (MQI) leader Tahirul Qadri’s philosophy of “riasat bachao, siasat nahin” (Save the state, not politics) was “illogical”.
Speaking to the media in Quetta, Rehman said that “such tactics were only used to derail democracy”.
He said, “The overall situation in the country – of security and economy – has been orchestrated in a way that now people feel the need for a revolution. It is being done deliberately in order to justify overthrowing the democratic setup in the country.”
He said that martial laws in the past were imposed under the garb of “saving the state.”
“When [former Army chief] Ziaul Haq came into power, he sloganeered ‘pehle ehtisab, phir intikhab’ (First accountability, then elections), however that never actually happened,” said Rehman.
The JUI-F chief further quoted a hadith and said that whoever keeps promising everything is actually a liar. “Someone, who in the past had left the country being disappointed over his failure in politics, should not try coming back to it.”
No chance of Islamabad turning into Tahrir Square: Kaira
Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Wednesday that there was no chance of Islamabad turning into Tahrir Square on January 14 as claimed by Minhajul Quran International’s (MQI) leader Tahirul Qadri.
Speaking to the media in Faisalabad, Kaira said that the Tahrir Square revolution came at a time when dictatorship was ruling in Egypt against the will of the public. The present government enjoys the peoples’ support and is working according to the Constitution, he claimed.
Criticising Qadri’s threat of holding a “peoples’ parliament” and his demands of massive changes prior to the general elections, Kaira said that all such notions are tantamount to derailing democracy as per a hidden agenda.