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.
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.
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.