Qadri's 'million man' march reaches Islamabad

Published: January 14, 2013
Supporters of Tahirul Qadri wave Pakistani flags during a protest in Islamabad. PHOTO: REUTERS

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri wave Pakistani flags during a protest in Islamabad. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Minhajul Quran International’s (MQI) “million man” march entered Islamabad on Monday evening, Express News reported.

While speaking to the media on his way to Islamabad, MQI Chief Tahirul Qadri reiterated that no power can stop his revolution.

He said the blockages should be removed before his caravan reaches the rally point or the government will regret its decision.

The MQI caravan reached Islamabad from Lahore via GT Road.

‘Long march an international conspiracy’

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Qadri’s long march was a part of an international conspiracy to destabilise Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

He was speaking to journalists after inspecting the security measures taken for the long march.

Malik also expressed suspicion over Qadri’s source of funding.

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  • hameed rahim
    Jan 14, 2013 - 10:19PM

    Is strike confirmed in islamabad for tomorow? Should we go to office send our children to school?


  • speakupnow
    Jan 14, 2013 - 10:37PM

    Welcome to islamabad dr. qadri! you are the voice and hope of 100 million poor people of pakistan who have been exploited by the rich and corrupt politicians for the last so many years. majority of pakistan is behind you. if the govt does not accept your fair demands, then make it tehrir square till they dissolve national assembly like baluchistan assembly. time for a new pakistan. enough is enough.


  • Muzaffar
    Jan 14, 2013 - 10:38PM

    It is misleading to state ‘million men’. The amount of people being estimated is 40,000 – 100,000 (including all collected from GT Road). Not forgetting that Qadri had stated 4 million. We need to become less emotional and more logical / realistic.


  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 14, 2013 - 10:46PM

    Didn’t he met Qadri few days ago and praised him like he (Qadri) is saint and suddenly he is turned his guns at him, Malik is really a strange creature.


  • sensible
    Jan 14, 2013 - 10:57PM

    @Aamir – Toronto
    Malik is the eight wonder of the world!


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 14, 2013 - 11:08PM

    Now last act of drama will begin. Few dead bodies will make his task easier and quicker. Hidden hands are waiting anxiously to disclose themselves. Musharaf posters at gathering are telling everything.


  • Faisal
    Jan 14, 2013 - 11:26PM

    Every one is playing with our nation and we are letting them to play with us why should not we think before following such a dr tahir type so called nationlists we are emotionals and they are capturing it pakistan can not be change till we can not bechanged . I was flwing news and watching people & listening thr views even they don’t know for what change dr is demanding for they were telling (rata lagwaya howa jumla “jaan b de gaye”) kuch to socho we are hoping aganist hope as we did in past times and wil always do in future becouse we lost our scnczRecommend

  • Arshad Silva
    Jan 14, 2013 - 11:48PM

    @ Aamir – Toronto, Malik’s meeting with Dr. Qadri was only to finalise the security arrangements for the participants of the march. It was nothing to do with any Government-Qadri negotitiations.


  • shahid
    Jan 14, 2013 - 11:59PM

    People of Pakistan want change. We need revolution. The existing lootocracy/democracy has taken away everything from the poor people.good luck Dr.Qadri. Atleast some body has been able to mobolise the people to stand up for thier rights.


  • Ricky
    Jan 15, 2013 - 12:01AM

    Remnants of Gen Mush are active again. It was APML and Mush coming back. However, the commando cannot dare come back so it is his second coming. The face has changed the idea is the same.


  • Saleem
    Jan 15, 2013 - 12:24AM

    The international conspiracy happened when your corrupt government was installed by an illegal NRO.


  • Saleem
    Jan 15, 2013 - 12:31AM

    Although I am not supporter of Qadri, but if corrupt to the core industrialists like Sharifs can gather thousands and feudal lords can run the government than why to stop another person to go ahead with his demand and the sit-in ? … isnt it all a part of democratic process ? I am amazed at comments of hatred … although we want and love democracy but we can not proceed with it unless we come out of our mental slavery to authoritarian system.


  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 15, 2013 - 12:36AM

    @Arshad Silva

    Is that true ?????…..because nowadays you can’t trust anyone especially the politicians and mullahs, they are two sides of the same coin (Just being sarcastic…LOL).


  • Iftikhar Ud Din Khattak
    Jan 15, 2013 - 12:41AM

    I have spent almost 7 hours at soan gardens express way islamabad for his arrival. My word he has done it with min 500 thousand people and 5000 vehicles with him. Max number of buses fully loaded, he has proved it. If he wants he can take charge of Govt. We have witnessed some sensational scenes with motivation at steam. Those who are saying that nothing is gona happen, let me assure them these people the impact will be huge on pakistan political ground. I am not his supporter but I shall must give him full marks for bringing such big crowd to Islamabad.


  • rashid
    Jan 15, 2013 - 12:44AM

    @hameed rahim:
    no not recommended….safety first….


  • rashid
    Jan 15, 2013 - 12:47AM

    the only thing that bothers me how these people will manage their routine needs even if they are few thousands with tahir sab…..


  • HBK
    Jan 15, 2013 - 1:09AM

    ET seriously you have disappointed in your online updates related to long march!
    the headlines on your online page shows that zardari has signed on governor rule in balochistan,,,seriously i heard this news at 11 in the morning!!!

    do keep a regular updates on your online data too


  • musa
    Jan 15, 2013 - 1:33AM

    what does qadri want!!! he is the new canadian drama after the turkish ones r over!


  • Mulla Kuta
    Jan 15, 2013 - 2:12AM

    Qadri is a mullah ….nothing more …nothing less…people should research his extremist past with his partner in crime Zia Ul Haq
    Qadri MUST be stoppedRecommend

  • Nonsense
    Jan 15, 2013 - 2:27AM

    How many millions are in this march so far?


  • MJ
    Jan 15, 2013 - 3:01AM

    Who is this man Qadri?? I had never heard of him 3 months ago, and his immediate fame and following is certainly suspicious.


  • abc
    Jan 15, 2013 - 3:05AM

    His mureeds who have gathered at Islamabad don’t even know what he wants. Bas Change lai gey weghaira weghaira. How will they bring change no body knows.


  • Abid P. Khan
    Jan 15, 2013 - 3:43AM

    “the only thing that bothers me how these people will manage their routine needs even if they are few thousands with tahir sab…..”

    Worry not my friend. Gardens around the parliament building won’t need fertilizing for many years to come.


  • Mateen Ahmad
    Jan 15, 2013 - 3:44AM

    Any option is better than a second term for PML-N or a second term for Z-League.


  • ballu
    Jan 15, 2013 - 3:49AM

    For Pakistan Every thing is conspiracy from Zaid hamid to Qadri….


  • Jan 15, 2013 - 4:06AM

    So the 4 million man long march turns out to be no more than a mere 40 thousand? What a drama. Hot air.


  • jawed sarwar
    Jan 15, 2013 - 4:26AM

    Thanks to great leader Dr Quadri who has stood to bring down the corrupt system from Pakistan. Shame to MQM and PTI for not joining the right cause of Dr Quadri. We all must support Dr Quadri as he is the only person who can bring changes to present electoral systems. The present electoral system is only elect the same corrupt faces as it is in the best of of Zardari and Nawaz Sharif as the will be holding office turn by turn. I wonder the silence of Imran Khan and his dubious statement and the MQM last minute refusal to take part in the Long March.


  • Something Clever
    Jan 15, 2013 - 6:32AM

    …or whatever style someone would prefer to use to say “the name is so misleading it’s sad”


  • Midas
    Jan 15, 2013 - 9:12AM

    @jawed sarwar: but what about his own corruptions and lies, are we now reconciling with selection of lesser evil?


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