In support of Dr Qadri

Published: January 13, 2013
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ISLAMABAD: Since the past couple of weeks, the entire country has been abuzz with news of Long March to Islamabad. This march is being led to the capital by none other than Allama Tahiru Qadri, a Pakistani scholar of international acclaim.

Announcement of the long march was made by Mr Qadri during his momentous address to a mammoth gathering of people at the Minar-e-Pakistan on December 23, 2012. Since his address, the Maulana seems to have become a household name in Pakistan. The reason for this is none other than the fact that whatever Mr Qadri has been talking about and demanding from those in power relates to the greater public good.

Undoubtedly, the nation is quite perturbed and to some extent also excited about this new development. Excruciatingly painful circumstances compel them to believe that Mr Qadri is perhaps, the messiah they have been waiting for all these years to resolve all their problems and liberate them from the clutches of the unjust rulers, who have ruled this country for over six decades. While people are excited, those at the citadel of power and those aspiring to be in power seem to be extremely anxious. They all agree on at least one point: that whatever Mr Qadri is talking about and demanding is what is urgently required to be done. They do not, however, believe that he is sincere in bringing about the change that he has been so vociferously asserting at all his recent speeches and press conferences.

These political groups also have doubts about Mr Qadri’s abilities to govern this country and blame him for playing with the emotions of the people through his use of rhetoric. Yet, another element that seems to be seriously tormenting the politicians of this country is the fear that Mr Qadri has, perhaps, come with a foreign agenda to derail democracy in Pakistan and pave the way for the non-democratic forces to grab power.

Whatever Mr Qadri’s detractors may say about him, the fact remains that he is talking about bringing true democracy to Pakistan, giving the people of this country the right to basic amenities of life; education, health, food, shelter and employment as enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, implementing all the clauses of the Constitution of Pakistan in letter and in spirit, empowering the masses to elect the right people to parliament, and empowering the chief election commissioner and the Election Commission of Pakistan to conduct free and fair elections.

Can anyone deny that all that Mr Qadri is saying is what has never been done, in tangible terms, before and needs to be done urgently? Can anyone also deny that true progress and prosperity of this nation and this country largely depend on implementing the measures that he is demanding be enacted? The appropriate thing to do at this critical juncture for like-minded and sincere elements belonging to all political groups, is to join hands and take the country and the people out of the quagmire they are at present in.

The journey may be long and arduous but for the sake of this country and this nation, it will have to be undertaken no matter what it takes.

M Fazal Elahi

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2013.

 

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Reader Comments (10)

  • patriot
    Jan 14, 2013 - 12:56AM

    Pakistan is a sinking ship at present thanks to the misrule by PPP for the last 5 years and their strings getting pulled by their foreign masters.
    Dr. Qadri has stood up for the right cause — eradication of rigging and corruption from elections so that there can be free and fair elections for the first time in pakistan. There is no point in conducting rigged elections if the same corrupt politicians will come back and haunt the people of pakistan for the next 5 years. God forbid, if the same parliamentarians come back, there might not be a united pakistan after 5 years. Hence, it is time for a change to guarantee that elections are not rigged and fair and honest people get a chance to run for elections. Rise up for pakistan and dr. qadri on monday in Islamabad.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Jan 14, 2013 - 3:11AM

    With the exception of those who are sitting in the government perhaps everyone around the world would like a change, not just him.
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  • dr j tipu
    Jan 14, 2013 - 4:00AM

    totally agreed

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  • Jan 14, 2013 - 4:21AM

    Can you please tell me this Toronto based mullah turned politician now owns how much asset? Where are his last six yrs tax return and with which country he filed them? How much tax he paid to Pakistan govt? If he loved Pakistan so much why did he take Canadian nationality? We as commoner has the right to know about his assets and tax return.because he is now a politician and no more religious leader.

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  • Maria
    Jan 14, 2013 - 5:18AM

    So a messiah has promised you that he will change everything with a march in Islamabad and with it bring “True Democracy” ? It pains me to see that people put their faith in the words of leaders such as Tahirul Qadri whose behaviour contradicts everything he says. This man worked willingly with the Benazir and then a dictator like Musharraf. He had to swear allegiance to the Queen of Britain who is also the Queen of Canada in order to become a Canadian citizen. Then on Pakistani TV, he claimed he needed to become a Canadian citizen for health care and health reasons which insulted many Canadians who feel it is the case of another foreigner abusing social support programmes in Canada. Tahirul Qadri is an embarrassment to both Canada and Pakistan. When will people realise they all have a role in building a system? The constitution and system is not perfect but people need to work within the parameters of that system to bring about change – not try to blackmail an elected government or threaten anarchy and chaos. The elections are a few weeks off but Tahirul Qadri is determined to play the spoiler. The reason societies progress is through the evolution of institutions and participation of as many citizens as possible in the well being of society through established stable processes. In this way, institutions become stronger. Had Tahirul Qadri paid more attention to the workings of society in Canada, he would never had this grandiose idea to march on the capital in Pakistan to cause chaos and anarchy.

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  • speakupnow
    Jan 14, 2013 - 12:30PM

    The corrupt will defend the corrupt and vote for the corrupt.
    That is why pakistan is where it is.
    The govt has diverted billions from development funds to its own constituencies to increase vote bank and nobody raises a voice. Anybody who does not obey the orders of courts or the constitution of pakistan is a traitor. Poor Anita Turab who did raise a voice against filling 9000 jobs illegally to increase vote bank was dismissed from service. this is the respect they have for law.

    Dr. Qadri does not want to dissolve the govt. All he is saying is that it must be assured that there is a neutral caretaker govt and not a corrupt caretaker govt. Otherwise, there is no point in going through this futile practice of elections again and again. The same corrupt traitors will come back. It is now or never for Pakistan.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Jan 14, 2013 - 1:33PM

    @speakupnow:
    “…Poor Anita Turab who did raise a voice against filling 9000 jobs illegally to increase vote bank was dismissed from service. this is the respect they have for law….”

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    Thanks for drawing attention to the courageous lady, Anita Turab’s case. She has been made to suffer by the present ruling clique.

    She is a real hero. She deserves a detailed article in ET explaining why was she gagged.

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  • Jan 14, 2013 - 7:07PM

    @speakupnow:

    ” Dr. Qadri does not want to dissolve the govt. All he is saying is that it must be assured that there is a neutral caretaker govt and not a corrupt caretaker govt. ”

    Dr. Qadri’s suggestion to include Judiciary and army in the care taker government are sufficient reasons to doubt his intentions. Why Army ? or judiciary ? . Is it permitted has provision in the constitution ? No. One who is so emphatic about the constitution is insisting to against the provisions of constitution.

    it is better to give more power to ECP including the transfer the official / police personnel or keep one out of the election process irrespective of his/ her stature if deem fir for free and fair election . ECP has sought help from army to help in conducting the election and agreed by the army chief.
    If the society is sick its representative will be also come with the same mindset.
    An awareness program disclosing the corrupt politicians irrespective of parties will be better option to keep them outside the parliament. Common men have the wisdom to judge the people provided they are better equipped with correct information.

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  • Jan 14, 2013 - 7:27PM

    Can ET send my questions to Mr Qadri ? Thanks

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  • andleeb
    Jan 14, 2013 - 8:23PM

    Insha Allah, he will bring Sharia in Pakistan. With his guidance we have already converted many Canadians to Islam and Canada will soon be Islamic. So don’t discount the cleric from Canada. He is highly educated and proactive in spreading Islam in Canada.

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