A sin to vote in upcoming elections: Tahirul Qadri

Published: April 21, 2013

"The present system is the greatest enemy of the people," says Qadri. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri on Sunday claimed that voting in the current corrupt system would be a sin and that his party will hold peaceful protests across the country on May 11, the day of the general elections, Express News reported.

The PAT plans to carry out a peaceful rally from Railway Station to Lakshmi Chowk in Lahore to protest against the present electoral system, which will not only be attended by party workers and citizens but also women, he added.

Qadri said that allowing fake degree holders, loan defaulters and tax evaders to participate in the elections is akin to making a mockery out of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

He further said that the present system is the greatest enemy of the country and its people and that the voters themselves will curse the system after the elections because it would allow plunderers, looters and bandits to make it to the assemblies.

Qadri is not against elections but wants a system that is based on a real democratic system, he added.

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Reader Comments (46)

  • Salman
    Apr 21, 2013 - 11:39PM

    And collecting dole when one is rich is a bigger sin.

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  • Siddique Malik
    Apr 21, 2013 - 11:40PM

    Is it a sin because you have no chance of winning in these elections? You wear a sin on your head. What an ugly hat?
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • Salman
    Apr 21, 2013 - 11:42PM

    Lahorites will never support you because our vote is for a change and change is PTI

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  • Parvez
    Apr 21, 2013 - 11:44PM

    The message is true and brilliant but it looses its impact because of the messenger and the perception of his credibility painted by the media…………….no that is sad.

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  • Z
    Apr 21, 2013 - 11:50PM

    Such a hypocrite this guy.

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  • Apr 21, 2013 - 11:52PM

    Tahirul Qadri should pinpoint the candidate which are loan defaulters, tax evaders, fake degree holders and object before the competent authority to stop them contest in the election. Allegations have to be proved. proposed peaceful protest on the day of election does not serve the purpose. Moreover how can it be generalized as a sin to cast vote without admissible evidence otherwise. Does Tahirul Qadri means to say that entire lot of contestants are allowed against the spirit of article 62 & 63 of the constitution which are subjective in nature…

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  • Cahertes
    Apr 21, 2013 - 11:58PM

    The sinner would be the people if they vote for fake degree holders and tax evaders. People should demand their expel and cancellation of their run for elections.

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  • Bushra
    Apr 22, 2013 - 12:04AM

    If Qadri saheb wasn’t working on another agenda, he would’ve known that you can only fix a system from within and not by boycotting it. If you have a problem with who is contesting for elections, don’t vote for that person, vote for someone else. Not voting is NOT the solution.

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  • ishtiaq
    Apr 22, 2013 - 12:13AM

    Yes, Agree with Tahir ul Qadri, these elections are unconstitutional , Its a plan to allow the corrupt leaders to return to the parliament again,

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  • Abrar Ch
    Apr 22, 2013 - 12:16AM

    No doubt all corrupt mafia is allowed to participate in Elections. Again the law breakers will be the law makers. Its most reasonable to not to be a part of nasty electoral system.Recommend

  • Muhammad Kashif
    Apr 22, 2013 - 12:17AM

    Dr Qadri is 100% right.No one can bring change under this corrupt electoral system even in 100 elections. ECP has terribly failed to do promised scrutiny.
    ECP have failed to take notice of media reports of mega corruption, cover-up of bank defaulters and loan write-offs ,fake degree holders, tax cheats, utility bills evaders, looters, robbers.
    No action has been taken against those whose names are in the lists held by the state institutions, parliaments, and media. The lists have not been made public to save the culprits from law. If corrupt individuals manage to contest elections and come to power, it will be an affront to State, Constitution and democracy.
    50% of the candidates (ten thousand plus) don’t have National Tax number and many leading politicians have not paid their taxes. There is no detail of offshore accounts, property and source of income.
    11 May 2013 is not so far now .

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  • Bilal Mir
    Apr 22, 2013 - 12:24AM

    Casting vote in unconstitutionaly held elections is a graet sin. It will lead nation to destruction. vote4none is the only way to reject corrupt electoral system

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  • Apr 22, 2013 - 12:45AM

    One of the most corrupt modern mulla in history – tahir sahab. Reminds me of “ungoor khatay hein”

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  • Anti-Democracy
    Apr 22, 2013 - 12:46AM

    Dream on. Bang your head against the wall. PML-N is the next government. Loot will continue.

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  • Apr 22, 2013 - 12:46AM

    I am not against you Mr. Qadri, you are correct in a way but if you are really concerned about this country then also tell us a solution of this problem rather than telling everyone not to vote in the elections. Not voting and delaying the elections will create vacuum and give room to people who don’t want Pakistan to progress.

    It’s very easy to make a fuss out of anything but a true leader is one who has solutions to problems.

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  • Ahmed
    Apr 22, 2013 - 12:53AM

    Sin. Isn’t that convenient? use religion, in a position where people blindly follow you to your own gains (what ever they are)

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  • stevenson
    Apr 22, 2013 - 1:05AM

    So Tahirul Qadri wants to blackmail Pakistan more? This man has no relevence and no bearing for Pakistan. We need to ask Tahirul Qadri if he thinks it’s a sin to claim asylum in Canada by falsely claiming he will be persecuted in Pakistan when obviously he feels comfortable to fly to Lahore. Is is not a sin to live in another country and collect welfare / khayrat which is paid by working Canadians while you play politics in Pakistan. Is it not a sin that Tahirul Qadri pays no tax in Canada? Is it not a sin to be thankless about your new country of citizenship when you tell newspapers you took Canadian citizenship for “majboori” of needing visa free travel and health care but not because you wanted to be loyal to Canada. Qadri needs to be arrested and put in the same house arrest as Musharraf since they are both against constitutionality in Pakistan.Recommend

  • John the Baptist
    Apr 22, 2013 - 1:11AM

    Who is he?

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  • Mustafa
    Apr 22, 2013 - 1:29AM

    Who gave you the right to declare things sin?

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  • Salman
    Apr 22, 2013 - 1:39AM

    @Siddique Malik:
    Lol at ugly hat :)

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 22, 2013 - 1:40AM

    Tahir-ul-Qadri has become relic of the past.

    No body is going to hear him as he played a high drama at Meenar-Pakistan, Lahore followed by the second episode of his even higher drama in Islamabad.

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  • khan
    Apr 22, 2013 - 2:04AM

    People like TUQ, having a canadian citizenship, have no right to lead people for pakistani politics, and tuq is a hypocrite and a money lover

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  • Saqib shah
    Apr 22, 2013 - 2:40AM

    But still u r taking interest in Pakistani elections, aren’t u?! I don’t blame you, Canadian politics is way too dry, lol.Recommend

  • imran bhatt
    Apr 22, 2013 - 2:53AM

    To vote or not to vote, that is the question

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  • Arslan
    Apr 22, 2013 - 3:01AM

    TUQ participated in the same system – and cut a deal with the people in this system. Where was the sin then? The system is exactly the same as it was when he was running. Strange guy – Please go back to Canada!

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  • Apr 22, 2013 - 3:30AM

    Someone is acting like a god. If you donot do what i say you are a sinner

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  • Ammar
    Apr 22, 2013 - 3:37AM

    due to these kind of actors people are losing fate in religion. ..he has badly lost his credibility. ..

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  • aka
    Apr 22, 2013 - 4:16AM

    @Siddique Malik: i think u/and u/r thinking is the reason we have same old people elected again again,

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  • aka
    Apr 22, 2013 - 4:22AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui: DRAMA U/R THE DRAMA WHO ELECT SAME OLD CROCK AGAIN AND AGAIN.

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  • Rehan
    Apr 22, 2013 - 4:28AM

    @Siddique Malik:

    How old are you? That styled hat was given to him by his spiritual teacher, so what if he wants to wear it out of respect? Who are you to tell him what to wear, and what you find ugly? This comment page is in regards to the news, not pinpointing what someone is wearing or their style because two can play at that game. Furthermore, from that comment I see a lot of jealousy and hatred. What’s wrong in his message?

    This system is fraudulent where all the tax defaulters, loan defaulters and fake degree holders are being allowed to contest including our very own Sheikh Waqas Akram who doesn’t even have a FA. Moreover, millions of rupees funds were released from other projects in order to release these funds for pre-election campaigning. Do you really think you’ll see a change in the assembly?

    As far as PTI is concerned, even if they win 110 seats (exaggeration) they won’t be able to form a government unless they join the status-quo parties so it’s pointless voting in this system and PMLN we’ve seen them in power in Punjab as well as federal twice. No comment regarding PPP therefore nothing is going to change during these elections.

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  • Rehan
    Apr 22, 2013 - 4:32AM

    @stevenson:

    That shows your poor level of research because on many tv channels its been exposed that he does not get any welfare funds from canada. He is there as a professor of Law and a leading religious scholar who has written 400 books from Canada and published them from Canada.

    Poor propaganda can be done everywhere however you find out a person’s level of intellect when instead of blindly following news and then spreading it, he actually goes and researches the true story.

    Dr. Tahir ul Qadri even provided his immigration papers on Mubasher Lucman’s Khara Sach where it states he has received his nationality on the basis of being a world renowned religious scholar and the professor of Law at the University of the Punjab. Take care next time before spreading falsehood, verily it is proof of an uneducated individual.

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  • Sure
    Apr 22, 2013 - 5:23AM

    Anyone who talks of sanity to insane people is insane himself. you are a misfit amongst people who pehnao topi to everyone everyday. Go away, allow us to rot, man. You make sensible statements but if you had any guts you would have surrendered your foreign citizenship. Recommend

  • satinder
    Apr 22, 2013 - 6:23AM

    How long 62,63 is in the constitution? was it ever followed before, if not then why now?
    why not no action on breaking/not following the costitution.
    Why Quadri Sahib or some one else go to court to Protest.
    Sugesting not to vote is a sin is a Question Mark.
    It is not a Solution.

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  • Abdul Rashid
    Apr 22, 2013 - 9:32AM

    Not voting in the present system may be a message that makes sense, but dragging religion into it is obnoxious.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 22, 2013 - 10:15AM

    Musharaf and Qadri are two trouble makers. The third one is hoping to win election but after his historical defeat he will complete the trio.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Apr 22, 2013 - 11:58AM

    Tahir-ul-Qadri you better stay away from Pakistani politics and live in Canada and enjoy dual nationality because now the Pakistani nation is going towards the change and now the this time is of change……..

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  • Apr 22, 2013 - 12:04PM

    Sometimes our intellectuals crossed the limits and thats what happened in this case, the word SIN is absolutely incorrect. Secondly if TUQ is sincere in his aim, why not protest now why on 11th May only when there will be no choice. The media is highlighting abuse of article 62 and 63 and the role of ROs who allowed such people to emerge again and many of them have already started showing their strength. On this issue we are very unfortunate nation. One thing more, to take any issues to the personal level is very sad and those particular people/group are describing by themselves that they are not mature. We all need to grow and walk alongwith the advanced nations in the world – we need to highlight bad elements but with positive thinking and advice – save our beloved country.

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  • ABKhan
    Apr 22, 2013 - 2:37PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    yes after the defeat, NS will complete the trio

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  • khan
    Apr 22, 2013 - 2:50PM

    @ishtiaq:
    Mayoosi gunah hai,
    hope for a better future of pakistan, vote for the change,

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  • Pakistan One
    Apr 22, 2013 - 11:56PM

    Voting is kufr not just in this election but in all elections that had been held. Democracy and Islam do not go hand in hand.

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  • Bitter Reality
    Apr 23, 2013 - 4:27PM

    SIN????
    buhahahahaha
    It really made my day!!! Hahahaha ,,, thaknssss Qadri Sb

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  • Apr 23, 2013 - 5:31PM

    Mubarak hoooooooo Mubarak hoooooooo………..Recommend

  • Stranger
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:08PM

    Sour grapes eh ??

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  • Mobashar Ahmad
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:11PM

    And just how much tax TUQ paid in Pakistan to enable him to correct the direction of the people. While at it he should also let everybody know what is his taxable income in Canada and what benefits (handouts) he receives from the Canadian Government?

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  • Sabba
    Apr 24, 2013 - 12:47AM

    Totally agreed! It’s a sin because everybody knows that the system is corrupt but still they are participating, in other word they are strengthening the corrupt system!

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  • Raveem Zafar Choudhry
    May 6, 2013 - 10:28PM

    Another Maulana, another Fatwa
    Tahirul Qadri pura Cartoon hai

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