Exclusive: Dr Qadri invites Imran to join his sit-in

Published: January 16, 2013

The cleric says that if it was any country other than Pakistan, the prime minister would have resigned even before the court’s decision. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

“If the change does not come now, it will not come after the election either,” says Dr Tahirul Qadri, the Minhajul Quran International chief who, along with tens of thousands of his supporters is staging a sit-in outside Parliament House.

In an exclusive interview with Express News, Dr Qadri also invited Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan to join his dharna.

He said that the Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaaf was like his party as they also wanted change. “I invite Imran Khan to join long march so the forces wanting change can unite.”

Dr Qadri further said that the Supreme Court verdict had justified his movement, adding that the rulers would have to surrender in a day or two.

He was referring to the court’s order calling for the arrest of all accused in the rental power plants case, including Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

The cleric said that if it were any country other than Pakistan, the prime minister would have resigned even before the court’s decision.

He further said that his struggle was against “fraud democracy”. “People of our nation have been slaughtered as if they were goats or sheep,” he said.

Talking about his ongoing sit-in outside Parliament, the Minhaj-ul-Quran International chief said that his workers were fired upon when they tried to remove containers from the roads and called for those responsible to be arrested.

“When our long march is peaceful, why they are erecting barriers?” he asked.

Dr Qadri further said the people who had come to support his mission had come with their free will.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (58)

  • Imran
    Jan 16, 2013 - 4:48AM

    PTI… just say no and begin your own march in Feb.

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  • jawed sarwar
    Jan 16, 2013 - 4:48AM

    Imram Khan must join the right and just cause of Dr Quadri. He should not waste time in thinking. People will blame Imran Khan if he is staying away and not joining Dr Quadri.

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  • Jehangir Mari
    Jan 16, 2013 - 4:51AM

    So Dr. Qadri now going back to Canada? or Zardari to Dubai? & Nawaz to Jedah?

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  • Uza Syed
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:04AM

    What a shame to watch Imran Khan dilly-dallying, I’m sure that the initiator of the whole idea of a revolution and calling it a ‘Tsunami’ realizes that the constituency that he has comprise the youth here. And as is normal young people are driven by a sense of urgency. IK must realize or made to understand that his strength comes from the young cubs and not from ‘old-used-tired’ lot attracted to PTI bandwagon while rolling on. His supporters wish to see him hitting the ground running and not play a champion of ‘slow-and-study-wins-the-race’. Being decisive is the name of this game and it;’s now or never. Professor Qadri has set the long promised ‘Tsunami’ in motion, it’s here now calling on him. And Imran Khan must show guts & face it and add power & force to it. Dr. Qadri is calling, go and join him and let those drown who must.

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  • Kamran khan
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:09AM

    Don’t you worry Imran khan will be holding ur hands very soon we can clearly see the drama unfolds it self but I must say it was a very poor script even tho the Budget was extremely high fat cheques goin to media and some bait anchors.drama drama drama
    Note : ( last 3 dramas Wer said in sarcastic tone )

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  • Hassan
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:10AM

    Time for Imran to join Dr Tahir ul Qadri and make this change happen.

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  • Jan 16, 2013 - 5:25AM

    As much as I like Qadri’s ideas, I will never support the postponing of elections!

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  • sabi
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:31AM

    Now revolution turns into beging end of the day-Khaya piya kuch na glass tora bara anay

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  • sabi
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:37AM

    He calls gathering of few thousands people four million and insist on others to say it four million.His followers should give him few thousands bucks and tell him four millions are given and see his reaction!Recommend

  • Abbas
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:41AM

    arrogance is keeping Imran Khan away from the longmarch !!

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  • Hassaan
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:07AM

    Never, never, never. Imran PLEASE don’t join his march. Elections are just 3 months away. You’ve this golden opportunity to clean sweep it. Never trust this Canadian clown.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:13AM

    Musharaf is also waiting.invitation. Gang of 1999 is about to take over.

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  • Usman
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:15AM

    Dr. Qadri must join Imran’s effort and become part of PTI. That is the only constitutional way of bringing down the Govt.

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  • sohail
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:26AM

    Back off Khan sahab and dont even think of getting involved here….

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  • Umar
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:27AM

    It would be stupid to join this drama. He now knows he has no chance to make an impact and want IK to join so that he can take the credit for the work TI does

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  • Ali
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:52AM

    Tahir ul Qadri doesnt say postpone elections. He says reform the system then hold elections which makes perfect sense. You see how PPP and PMLN are fighting to save the system because they are beneficiaries.. and IK fully endorsed the agenda of TuQ in his press conference. Please leave prejudices aside and become patriots.

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  • Adil Uddin
    Jan 16, 2013 - 7:27AM

    Those who just want to criticize Imran Khan whatsoever would still spit venom even if Khan joins forces with Tahirul Qadri.Well, IK didn’t say anything against Qadri and he doesn’t need to feel jealous.A little research about TuQ and what he has been doing for past 20-30 years can easily be found.Go watch old videos of TuQ,and then you’ll know why it’s a great risk for PTI to be seen in the same company as TuQ.

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  • Hussain
    Jan 16, 2013 - 7:47AM

    Come on Imram Khan, join Dr. Qadri, as you both have same motto for the people of Pakistan and together you both will be a power, whom no other corrupt political party can defeat.

    You should join the long march, my respectable Imran Khan Sahib….

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  • Mona
    Jan 16, 2013 - 7:52AM

    Why? Has Dr. Qadri run out of supporters? He is not as popular as he thought he was. I am afraid that he will now try to prove his nuisance value by telling his entourage to go violent.

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  • UM
    Jan 16, 2013 - 7:59AM

    Let’s just stay away of all this chaos and confusion, and the auspices of Altaf Hussain and Dr Qadri, and all those emotional well-wishers who are sitting with their laptops in their cozy rooms, and suggesting frenzied activism. PTI is coming through the polls, and have faith it’s coming. Losing patience at the eleventh hour can cost Imran Khan not just the fate of his party but even that of Pakistan.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Jan 16, 2013 - 8:41AM

    i hope elections are intime. so imran khan can realise his real ballot power and act accordingly.either be in government or stop acting like a top politician without a solid earlier election performance.

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  • Ali
    Jan 16, 2013 - 8:50AM

    Come forward, Imran Khan
    dont waste time

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  • Lala Gee
    Jan 16, 2013 - 9:21AM

    @Uza Syed:

    Is this the same Uza Syed I know since past several month on these forums. If so, what a pleasant surprise. All applaud for abandoning support for the corrupt regime. For the second time, I fully concur with your comment. God bless you.

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  • MAD
    Jan 16, 2013 - 9:47AM

    Imran Khan is listening to his supporters who are continuously demanding that PTI not join TUQ’s march. SO whats wrong with that. We’re supporters not midnless followers

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  • Jan 16, 2013 - 9:56AM

    It is nice that Qardi has started thinking in right direction, He should ask other small stake holders to join him so if he looses some strength there must be a fresh troop of common people, He should also avoid Parties in Government alliance.

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  • Shoaib Multani
    Jan 16, 2013 - 9:58AM

    Both Imran and Qadri want to derail democratic system in pakistan. Revolution cannot be brought by gathering few thousands people.

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  • LIAQAT ALI
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:06AM

    @UM:
    Well said.Recommend

  • Umer
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:08AM

    Well Imran Khan was very clear that they both want same things but route of both is different. IK wants change through ballot box – representing will of people, TUQ was through pressure (dont know if he succeeds how long will it last plus no game plan).

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  • Bilal Ghafoor
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:08AM

    I think that Qadri is sent by pervez Musharraf. Both Qadri and Musharraf are acting as per foreign agenda.

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  • Azmat
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:09AM

    Drama Drama and Drama …. Scripted by Hiden Forces and executed by Foreign Nationals, Lets C how much Imran is mature to respond this Drama… will be disaapointed if political forces do not act accordingly

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  • Dawood Suleman
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:20AM

    Shame for Tahir ul Qadri who swears again and again. All his swears are false. Why does he need to swear again and again? All it shows that he is telling a lie. He is destroying his present, future and the world hereafter.

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  • Lone Star
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:23AM

    Big NO NO NO, this country can’t afford any more theocracy.

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  • Wow Man
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:24AM

    What TUQ has done is absolute mess… Neither PTI nor IK should be part of it. TUQ has nothing to lose so can afford this drama, if successful (which i seriously doubt) he will stay in Pak or else fly back to his loving Canada… but for IK its Pakistan all the way.

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  • Faisal Maqbool
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:26AM

    No to Tahir ul Qadri. No to Imran Khan. Both are willing to derail system through un-constitutional acts. I request Supreme Court to take suo moto notice of acts of Tahir ul Qadri. I believe that Tahir ul Qadri is working as per agenda given to him by enemies of Pakistan.

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  • Akhtar
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:44AM

    Imran Khan we are with you with whatever course of action you take. Good luck and may Allah protect you.

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  • ss
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:47AM

    this is going to be fun, although as a PTI supporter, i personally don’t want IK to join TuQ.

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  • Shoaib
    Jan 16, 2013 - 10:56AM

    Tahir Ul Qadri’s Long March
    In my opinion this was just a gift for Imran Khan from establishment to revive his popularity again. Tahir Ul Qadri is not coming up with any party and neither is his motive he has not even registered his party for elections.
    PPP, PML-N both tried to have dialogues but it is not working. at this moment, Imran Khan will step forward and control the situation

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  • imran
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:02AM

    What ever is it, but I would congratulate Dr. Qadri, keep going, Almighty Allah will help you.

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  • Moiz Mehmood
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:52AM

    I endorse Faisal Maqbool. I believe that nothing unconstitutional will happen in the presence of independent judiciary. Chief Justice should immediate take suo moto notice of unconstitutional demands of Tahir ul Qadri. ALLAH bless Pakistan.

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  • ASQ
    Jan 16, 2013 - 12:13PM

    stop living in fools paradise PTI supporters! you people think that you can win in elections against PPP and PML N under current system????

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  • Bashir Tajammul
    Jan 16, 2013 - 12:17PM

    Drama is directed and produced by enemies of Pakistan and Tahir ul Qadri is playing a lead role in this drama. Director is now approaching Imran Khan to be part of this drama. It is very tragic. Destiny of country is being decided by foreign nationals. I request Mr. Qadri to please go back to Canada.

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  • Zia-ul-Islam
    Jan 16, 2013 - 12:35PM

    Tahir ul Qadri, please please go back to Canada. Pakistan do not need a person like you.

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  • UJ
    Jan 16, 2013 - 12:37PM

    We want IK to join TuQ in long march…unity is the only solution!

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  • sattar rind
    Jan 16, 2013 - 2:06PM

    IK and Qadari are same coin

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  • Zoha Ali
    Jan 16, 2013 - 2:29PM

    Imran Khan should not join Tahir ul Qadri.

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  • Fawad Murtaza
    Jan 16, 2013 - 2:38PM

    Imran has struggled for some years. He should not go for a short cut. Let people decide through ballot. Imran should never join hands with Mr. Qadri.

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  • Gul Muhammad
    Jan 16, 2013 - 2:45PM

    Imran Khan should remain away from Tahir ul Qadri. If he joins Qadri, I shall not vote for Imran Khan.

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  • Gratgy
    Jan 16, 2013 - 2:45PM

    If Qadri is a cleric, then how come he trims his beard?

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  • Nabeel Shiraz
    Jan 16, 2013 - 3:27PM

    Imran Khan should act wisely. He should not come for any march. It would be fatal for Pakistan. I request IK to please remain away from Tahir ul Qadri.

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  • Anwar Mehmood
    Jan 16, 2013 - 3:45PM

    Change should come through ballot, not through long march. I inquire Tahir ul Qadri where are those 4 million people that you claimed. You cannot bring revolution by gathering just 10000 or 12000 people. Imran Khan should not join Tahir ul Qadri.

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  • Mukhtar Ahmed
    Jan 16, 2013 - 4:13PM

    My dear Imran, please say NO to Tahir ul qadri.

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  • unmet46
    Jan 16, 2013 - 4:20PM

    What Tahir ul Qadri is saying/doing might be right. But his previous record is that of a Fraudulent person! And he first joined hands with MQM (party which is in government and involved in breaking all sorts of laws in Karachi). This person CANNOT be trusted. IK shud never join him.

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  • Nawaz Awan
    Jan 16, 2013 - 4:32PM

    If Imran did struggle for a change through ballot, he should stick to that. It would be fatal for PTI if he joins Tahir ul Qadri.

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  • Adeeb Farooq
    Jan 16, 2013 - 4:51PM

    Number of people in the march is reducing. Tahir ul Qadri needs immediate help from Imran. I request Imran Khan to remain away from Tahir ul Qadri.

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  • khurram
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:03PM

    Every political leader has its ego, and imran khan has not barred with this quality i.e, qadri time and time retorted that imran should join him in long march but imran situation is of a Snake who may swallow lizard if join him in long march and if restrain he spit out the lizard from his mouth, a catch 22 position better understand.

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  • Jan 16, 2013 - 5:28PM

    *strong text Long march has done a great job they have achieve there target*

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  • saima
    Jan 16, 2013 - 5:35PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad

    Bhai, majority of Musharaf’s gang of 99 is now in PMLN. so much so that people have started saying PMLN stands for Prevaiz Musharaf Lota Network. :(

    My husband is so frustrated at this…specially since he criticized PTI for taking a few PMLQ politicians, but now over a 100 PMLQ are in PMLN, my husband has become the joke of our neighborhood. :(

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  • antanu g
    Jan 16, 2013 - 6:41PM

    going by the comments herringbone…one feels that Pakistanis themselves want the statusquo maintained…for them any one coming forward to to change the tings is agent of one or another power.it’s a shame.

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