Tahirul Qadri determined to lead long march to Islamabad

Published: January 11, 2013
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A file photo of MQI chief Tahirul Qadri taken during one of his religious lectures.

A file photo of MQI chief Tahirul Qadri taken during one of his religious lectures.

LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: Minhajul Quran International chief Tahirul Qadri on Friday said he will lead the long march to Islamabad at all costs.

“This march is not for me to get in power but a struggle for the people of Pakistan, who have been deprived of their rights,” he said.

Qadri was speaking to the media in Lahore.

Accusing the government of creating hindrances, Qadri said transporters have been pressurised against providing conveyance to the long march participants.

He said their licenses have been taken away from them, while many of the camps were removed.

“People have been harassed; not arrested though,” he explained.

‘Govt supporting terrorists’

Given the years long wave of terrorism in the country, Qadri said there are only two possibilities: either the government is supporting terrorists or it has completely failed to control them.

The MQI chief said that in both the scenarios, the government has no legal or moral authority to stay in power.

He further questioned if there is another explanation for the ongoing bloodshed.

Qadri also said that electoral reforms have become necessary to ensure such “corrupt and shameless leaders” don’t come to power again.

‘Public FIR’        

Expressing fears of bloodshed, Qadri said if anything goes wrong, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Chief Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah will be responsible.

Calling his complaint a public FIR, the MQI chief said the people of Pakistan should know who to blame in case of a mishap.

‘Hussaini mission’

Recalling the war of Karbala, Qadri said no amount of pressure can stop him from carrying on with his plans as he was following the footsteps of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

“I’m fighting against the Yazidi system, I’m heading towards Karbala,” he said.

He further said that he has summoned his family and close associates to inform them about his final will.

Govt to investigate march funding

Hinting suspicion, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has said the government will investigate the source of funding for Qadri’s long march.

Kaira was speaking to the media in Islamabad.

He also appreciated the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) decision to not take part in the “million-man” march.

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Reader Comments (46)

  • Ahmed Ibrahim
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:30PM

    get ready for the biggest flop long march

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  • erudite
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:36PM

    completely agreed with whatever you say………..

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  • Hafiz Hammad
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Agreed with the Headline

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  • zubair
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:44PM

    What exactly you want Mr. Qadri? Please Spare us!

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  • Rashid
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:45PM

    March with QAdri, But Vote to PTI only!!

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  • Syed Shah
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:45PM

    The change can only come through dispossessing the landlords from undue power they weild. Until one does not understand this cannot offer a solution. The first thing is to dis-empower the land lords who make it to the parliament because of the power they weild due their large land holdings. Bring down the land holdings and their power will go. Period.

    Introduce land ceiling like it is in India. Most of our problems will be solved.

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  • Z.Khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:47PM

    Mr Sheikul Islam! It is land of pure and here any thing can happen. I have all the doubts you will be able to lead a long march successfully. Dont you have any other option to morally and ethically reform the whole nation? Ponder on this aspect if you fail to achieve your goal.

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  • nadeem
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:51PM

    “This government has lost the authority to rule” says the Canadian………..so let us transfer this ‘authority to rule’ to General Kayani – as we always do.Recommend

  • sabi
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:04PM

    A man wanted lion tatoo on his body.When expert statrted drawing tail,the main felt pain and asked if lion could be without tail.the expert replied in affirmative.Again process started with drawing paws again same question and same reply.End of the day man came without a tatoo on his body.

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  • Qasim
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:09PM

    This is shocking Statement by march General Mr Qadri that, “either Govt fail to control terrorism or they are involve in terrorism”…

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  • Logic. Europe m
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:16PM

    Certainy he is better than most politicians Whathe says is correct and what all pakistanis say,
    Good opportunity to support mr qadri but as usual he will be ridiculed and tenecyed

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  • Rana Majid
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:20PM

    does it matter if it is flop or successful? its an effort for getting something positive.and it must be done.

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  • Feedom Seeker
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Mr. Qadari is only hope in Pakistan. Rest of politicians are corrupt and criminals. This march should proceed and shake the power houses of Islamabad and Lahore.

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  • Jaago akistan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:34PM

    Qadri Sb go right ahead-millions are silently supporting you! Rid the nation of fuedals, corrupt politicians and their cronies and deadly extremists. Success may come slow but it will come.

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  • patriot
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:36PM

    We- people of this country have been bluffed/cheated so many times by our leaders that we dont trust anyonw. However, Dear Tahir Sb, whatever u r sayig is 100% true n the voice of this distressesd and crushed nation. I dont know whether you are fully committed to you cause, if yes, my prayers r with you. Go and show these crimnal, corrupt and coward rulers that still there r some people who can challenge them. Remember. God help those who help themselves. May Allahs help b with u…Amen

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  • dr j tipu
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:03PM

    totally with Mr Qadri,whatever he said this morning in his press conference is just so very true…………..yes this so called system has completely failed and collapsed and i have no faith in any so called politician,. only way forward is getting oneself heard! Recommend

  • Aamir Khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:05PM

    His arguments are sound. I completely support his cause. But I don’t know whether he has the momentum to exact change.

    “Qadri also said that electoral reforms have become necessary to ensure such “corrupt and shameless leaders” don’t come to power again.” If only.

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  • ZZQ
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:18PM

    Sorry TQ, we are desperate for the ‘real change’, but knowing you and your past, it would be equally insane to support you…

    Everything would be clear in coming times whose agenda has brought u here!

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  • Javeed
    Jan 11, 2013 - 7:10PM

    Good Luck man!

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  • i like it
    Jan 11, 2013 - 7:30PM

    its interesting to see that a lot of people who initially supported imran khan are now supporting qadri. looks like these people want new personalities rather than new policies. i would advise them to vote for the people who speak the truth and are proposing the right policies that this country desperately needs…

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  • Maulana Tharra
    Jan 11, 2013 - 7:41PM

    Maulvi Qadri and Altaf Hussain: “Strategic depth” contained in a container; so poignant and timely!
    Throw in a khan Sahab or two for good measure as well.
    I have heard and viewed some of the said maulvi’s “scholarly” sermons. He has plagiarised most of his stuff from Alf Lail wa lail.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jan 11, 2013 - 7:53PM

    In the UK democracy if one speaks against the Queen, the police arrests the individual for his own safety and keeps him for a limted time and then release him. Pakistan Interior minister could follow the same rule for Mr Qadri and put him on the next plane from where he flew over for his own security. The alternative is to hand him over to the Talibans for a litmus test..

    Rex Minor

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  • Adnan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 9:18PM

    One think that is really puzzling me is that our media, especially our electronic media seems to be strongly against the long march. Other day a much known talk show host (who only himself talk in the entire show, sometime without any sense) was trying to convince Punjab Law Minister to take an injunction from Supreme Court against the march. Why is our electronic media, which is always after the government even to the extent to predicting boots marching into Islamabad, is against the march. Maybe the time will tell.

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  • Pakistan Lover
    Jan 11, 2013 - 9:31PM

    Tahirul Qadri has been declared as an imposter and a fraudster by Al-Azhar university
    http://www.islamicpostonline.com/topics/Tahir%20Qadri
    and http://www.islamicpostonline.com/article/alazharislamicstudiesscholarsexposedrtahirqadriimposterfakesheikhanddemandprov

    He can never be trusted by the people of Pakistan.

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  • ali
    Jan 11, 2013 - 9:47PM

    where have you been for the last five years?????????????//Recommend

  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 10:12PM

    After Quetta Blast,, We (SHIA) are with you Sir…….. :(Recommend

  • Aziz
    Jan 11, 2013 - 10:24PM

    Although I admire Mr. Qadri’s intentions and resolve to carry them out, I still have reservations as to what might be the outcome of the proposed march.

    I feel that this march will do nothing but to display the average citizen’s frustration with the current government. Something that most Pakistani’s have already been doing.

    I do not see this as a solution oriented approach.

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  • Amira
    Jan 11, 2013 - 10:35PM

    So fed up with all this tamasha! This guy wants to bring change for the people of Pakistan? What a joke! He’s instead creating endless problems for the ordinary people with his long march. And for calling in the military: Most of the trouble Pakistan is in nowadays started at the time of Zia-ul-Haq. So I rather take a civilian government – however inefficient – any day.
    This fella should go back to the country of his choice and leave Pakistan alone.

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  • Masood
    Jan 11, 2013 - 10:42PM

    I can see all Canadian-Pakistani’s are supporting this long march sad thing is they are sitting in Toronto and cannot be part of this long march wahan se hi bolte raho tum log yahan iski march total flop hone wali hai!

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  • Syed Shah
    Jan 11, 2013 - 10:56PM

    @Ahmed Ibrahim When you create so many hindarances which long march can succeed? Even if he fails he is a winner. At least he thought of a change. He thought of something good. You and I should have been doing this but we are not. We are slaves to the status quo. Shame on us. May Allah give long and healthy life to Mr. Qadri. Long live Qadri.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:05PM

    Containers are like the Trojan Horse.

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  • Zab
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:53PM

    This is hi time to support people who challenge the status-quo of this corrupt democratic parties, they have plundered this nation and will keep on doing so if not checked. May Allah Karim make this march the beginning of the end.

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  • Fasal Jaan
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:16AM

    Dear Qadri, Well done, The nation is with you. we will wait for you in ISB

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  • Ali khanzada
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:19AM

    We are waiting for you Mr Qadri, on 14th you will see the nation one step ahead

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  • Ali khanzada
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:26AM

    Well Come Well Come, Finally some body took a stand for people, GET READY FOR THE MOTHER OF REVOLUTIONS OF ALL TIMES

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  • Muslim
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:34AM

    Why does this mullah not do a long march for the shias that have been murdered?

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  • Tariq Jameel
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:41AM

    TQ is 100% correct, MQM initially wanted to gain some advantage via TQ’s popularity which they did, and now they have turned their backs, which is totally okay. TQ’s invitation was open for all political parties to join him and only MQM joined, for their own perceived benefit, which they don’t see any longer so they got out.

    All these people questioning TQ and his intentions are truly the ones that do not understand the issues, or they are themselves corrupt, or just talking-ducks … people who stay on the sidelines and make fool comments based on their biased judgement.

    Majority of the nation is with you TQ, and we wish the best for you and the country – I will be there from Lahore to Islamabad !!

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  • Suleman Ali
    Jan 12, 2013 - 1:31AM

    yes! it is a right of every Pakistani to stand against the wrong or bad policy of present govt: i am totally fever of dr. tahir in the election policy now its time for a big change .And govt: should be gave total security in that long march other views we Pakistani face very difficulties .And i thing Pakistan Tahrik-e-insaf should b take part in that long march if they talk about some change so why they are not together ?

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  • pak_liberal
    Jan 12, 2013 - 5:04AM

    I double-dare him to leave his bullet-proof case and probably some SUV and complete the long-march in sub-zero temperatures. Next thing he get a one-way ticket to Canada and be unheard of for at least the next seven years.

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  • watchtower
    Jan 12, 2013 - 1:45PM

    Whatever Dr Qadri says, no sane person of this country can disagree with it unless it is for the love of the present corrupt dispensation. Remember to bring change, a price has to be paid or else live in perpetual miseries.
    I also want to tell the nation that,
    ” Khuda tujhe kisi toofan se aashna kar de,
    ke tere behr ki mojon maen izterab nahi”

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  • ali ahmed
    Jan 12, 2013 - 2:03PM

    Dr.tahir is speaking the truth he want to change the status quo. .Why development funds and job quota are being given to parlimentarians, recently a MNA from sindh got 37 job quota and he added 2 zero..making it 3700 jobs..and sold each job for 2 lac…calculate the amount he erned

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  • Sadaat
    Jan 12, 2013 - 4:42PM

    I must say that president should come forward and address the nation on this issue. This is a reality that a simple man is pushed back to live his life. The security issue is turning the country on a worst agenda.

    Mr. President you have to come forward and play your responsibility and a secure media can play a good role. A common man again only be effected with the practice planed for the next week.

    Regards

    Sadaat

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  • tahirazaman
    Jan 12, 2013 - 5:56PM

    save pakistan from all these enemies
    who externally seem friend of pakistan but actually worst enemies
    long march is only new darama….

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  • kinza
    Jan 13, 2013 - 7:54AM

    since long time our country is suffering from v bad condition
    we are facing every type of problems,we have no electricity,no fuel,not even proper supply of water. . . .people are dying of hunger and financial issues. .
    in Quetta our Muslim brothers are also suffering from critical condition….
    but there is no one who take notice of all these issues…
    because all these landlords are taking rest in there palaces….
    in this condition if somebody wanted to bring change,then we should have to give chance to him
    because after this there ‘ll be 2 options either PAKISTAN ;ll become an ideal ISLAMIC state or may be the same condition ‘ll be continued….
    that’s why we are with you Allama Dr. Tahir ul Qadri….
    we are hoping for best…
    may Allah help you…..(ameen)

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  • pakistani
    Jan 13, 2013 - 11:12AM

    save PAKISTAN from destruction of long march

    “save Pakistan”

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  • Muhammad Veqar Hussain
    Jan 14, 2013 - 2:28AM

    I am a State Secretary of Indian Union Muslim League, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA. i am taking a great responsibility to announce that Tahir ul Qadri is nothing but a “Munafiq” He works on the instance of Western Power. He is trying to destabilize the region which already disturbed. He visited India on the invitation from Narendra Modi, (The mass murderer). Qadri visited india to convey his message to muslims to forget what has happened to muslims in Gujarat Riots. He is a western backed puppet. He is a poison for Muslim Ummah. He should be kicked out.

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