Tahirul Qadri decides not to contest elections

MQI chief calls it a symbolic decision which will 'promote democracy' within the party.

Web Desk January 22, 2013
File photo of leader of Minhaj-ul-Quran International Tahirul Qadri addressing his supporters from behind the window of an armoured vehicle on the second day of protests in Islamabad January 15, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: Even if Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) takes part in the elections, neither I nor any of my family members will take part in the elections, said MQI Chief Tahirul Qadri on Tuesday.

Qadri was speaking to media in Lahore.

Explaining that his family members are legally qualified to take part in the elections, Qadri said this is a symbolic decision taken to "promote democracy" within the party.

The MQI chief recently reached a deal with the ruling coalition which will give his party some say over the formation of a caretaker government ahead of elections this spring.

As a part of the deal, the firebrand cleric will also host a meeting between constitutional experts and political parties’ leaders to find a way to reform the Election Commission of Pakistan.


Muslim Leaguer | 8 years ago | Reply

Even if he surrenders his Canadian Nationality, which he will never do, he still has no chance of being eligible under article-63 as he has been declared IMPOSTER & FAKE by the Al Azhar Islamic Studies Scholars. He is simply a show spoiler planted by Mr Zaradri to delay the upcoming elections!

Khan | 8 years ago | Reply

09 February 2013

Tahir ul Qadri and Veena Malik are exactly same, when they defend their recorded video lies.

Hope some of those people may come up to confirm his dreams, Those who were present when he was talking about his dreams. His employees and their relatives should not blindly support him just because he ( Qadri ) is directly and or indirectly a source of their income but they must think above personal life.


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