PAT Chief Tahirul Qadri leaves for London

Qadri's spokesperson confirms departure saying it is a regular visit


Ali Ousat February 01, 2018
Dr Tahirul Qadri. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri suddenly left Pakistan on Thursday morning for London, saying his health was not well enough to stay in the country.

When Qadri, during a protest at the Mall Road a few days back, demanded resignation from the whole Punjab government, nobody knew his health was not stable, said a spokesman for the PAT chief. He called Qadri’s departure a regular visit, saying that he would get his medical checkup done and meet his followers there.

Even though the PAT media cell had been constantly updating the media about the activities of the party and those of Qadri for one month, it provided no information about his departure. The media came to know of Qadri’s departure through the airport authorities.

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According to a last press release issued by the PAT media cell on January 30, Qadri visited Data Darbar and spent some time there, but gave no clue to his departure.

It was only after Qadri had left Pakistan that his spokesman informed the media that the PAT chief would return to Pakistan after three to four weeks.

In his last media briefing, Qadri had announced that his party would shun agitation and go to the courts in pursuit of justice for the Model Town victims.

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“We will speed up the legal proceedings for acquiring justice as it is not the right time to get involved in any agitation movement,” said Qadri while addressing a press conference at the PAT head office on January 28.

The PAT chief had also requested Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to provide justice to ‘the widows and orphans’ of the Model Town incident.

This is not the first time that the PAT chief has left the country abruptly. After the party’s sit-in in 2014, he had left Islamabad for Canada for what he called a medical checkup.

COMMENTS (8)

Simple Truth | 3 years ago | Reply Free advice to SR and IK: Pardaisiyon Say Na Akkhian Milaana! This agitator-for-rent treats Pakistan as a picnic spot! He comes here, parties (at the expense of his semi-educated followers), collects money and his disciples' belongings, and off he goes to his motherland Canada. Afte all, he cannot stay away from Canada too long lest he should lose his welfare cheques!
candy | 3 years ago | Reply Typical - rich fat cat with loud mouth runs off to London/Canada when he gets sick or comes under scrutiny. Pakistan should require all party leaders to be Pakistanis and live inside Pakistan - they should also require people to get health care inside Pakistan unless they get approval from govt ... that might result in some money put back into the health care system where everyone could benefit.
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