PTI leaders, Tahirul Qadri hold talks over reconstitution of ECP

Published: February 6, 2013
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PTI leaders Javed Hashmi and Shah Mehmood Qureshi met Tahirul Qadri in Lahore on Wednesday. PHOTO: NNI

PTI leaders Javed Hashmi and Shah Mehmood Qureshi met Tahirul Qadri in Lahore on Wednesday. PHOTO: NNI

LAHORE: Top leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) met Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in Lahore on Wednesday to discuss their reservations over the current Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

PTI president Makhdoom Javed Hashmi told the media that the reservations were only discussed during the meeting, but the final decision will be taken by his party regarding the petition being filed in the Supreme Court by Qadri for the reconstitution of the election commission.

PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that a transparent ECP is crucial for the upcoming elections, “but the government claims that it cannot dissolve the election commission as it is against Article 209”. He said that Qadri explained to his party leaders that his argument is not about dissolving the commission, but he considers the constitution of the commission as “unlawful”.

“We will raise the question of composition and constitution of the election commission,” he said.

He also denied giving comments against Qadri’s long march in Islamabad and said that it was the party’s democratic right for as long as the protest remained peaceful and under the ambit of the law.

Qadri said that after a long time, two institutions in the country – the judiciary and the army – were working in favour of democracy. “If these two institutions can work for these causes, then the political leadership should also show maturity.”

He said that he was going to the Supreme Court because there was no winning or losing there. “Only the law wins there… Our right is to go the court, taking a decision is their job. We will implement whatever decision the court takes.”

Qadri also clarified that the petition was only being filed by his party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).

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Reader Comments (53)

  • adeel qadri
    Feb 6, 2013 - 4:44PM

    very very bad decision by PTI. destroyed the whole good work done. shame

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  • waqas k
    Feb 6, 2013 - 4:48PM

    before every body comes to a conclusion there is no alliance

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  • Stranger
    Feb 6, 2013 - 4:54PM

    ufff This Quadri refuses to vanish and melt away.

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  • Azmat
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:03PM

    So PTI is going to join the Topi Drama…!

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  • Alaa Qiadat
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:06PM

    Mubarak mubarak khushi ka yea saman!

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  • roadkashehzada
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:10PM

    just excuses to boycott elections.
    anybody who has slightest chance of victory will never say such things this close to elections

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  • Jaffar Javed
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:14PM

    PTI and Tahir ul Qadri are puppets of Establishment. They want to postpone the elections. There should be no delay of elections. Where was Imran and tahir ul Qadri during last 5 years? Why they are raising unconstitutional demands near elections.

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  • Rana
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:14PM

    After having consensus of all political parties, it would be good to declare Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri as Amir UL Momineen officially!!

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  • ishtiaq
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:15PM

    So does it mean Qadri is not alone in his fight for implementation of constitution, ?
    IK said that he had reservations over implemention of article 62,63.

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  • mian khaliq
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:18PM

    They are fine … InshAllah thing will be better for PTI.

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  • Kamran
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:18PM

    There goes the credibility of Mr. Khan…………..

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  • Faisal
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:27PM

    Justified statements. I don’t know why these ‘democratic leaders’ ridiculed Qadri on his dharna. No matter how controversial Qadri’s character might have been but even a critic would agree that his protest was far more well organized with much greater attendance than a non sense gathering arranged by N league and its allies. And I’ve heard, Ch Nisar ran away and that ‘new generation revolutionary’ Hamza Shahbaz didn’t bother to get out of his car.

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  • Umar Usman Ch.
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:29PM

    Imran, TahirULQadri, Altaf Hussain and Pervez Musharraf are working on same agenda. They want to derail democracy and coming elections. Elections should be timely held at all costs.

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  • Atif
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:29PM

    PTI policies has already been discolor it & now this will be a disaster

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  • ahmad
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:33PM

    Sounds like part 2 of military coup aka technocratic govt.

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  • Ony_PTI
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:41PM

    Good move by PTI to support TUQ on principles. EC should be completely neutral! The PMLN trolls will now come out thick and fast now :-)

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  • Imran Khan
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:43PM

    so all cards of establishment under one roof to stop PML(N). Good luck guys (Y)

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  • Farhan
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:48PM

    Conceptually ive been fine with PTI but with this venture im lost. I do not want a religious order having an influence on driving a nation forward.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:54PM

    Our sincere felicitation to the cult followers of Pakistan Troll Association for becoming part of the axis of evil, i.e. Canadian Rabbi, Kaka Immi, MQM and PML-Q!

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  • Khan Gul
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:55PM

    PTI and Tahir-ul-Qadri two sides of the same coin. Pundits were right all along but naive PTI youth never listened. …. The youth of PTI have been taken for a ride by their grownups

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  • JSM
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Is Qadri Saheb a citizen oif Okaistan? If not, why is he meddling in Pakistan?

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  • Nauman Ghauri
    Feb 6, 2013 - 5:59PM

    PTI ZINDABAD!!!Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:01PM

    Non sense discussions. Rejected lot discussing that “grapes are sour”

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  • Hasan
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:13PM

    All those PTI supporters who were abusing TUQ during long march, what you guys have to say now..! Kaptaan is a joke…
    (I was waiting for this moment to see the reactions of “revolutionaries”)

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  • Kaleem
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Qadri has changed his cap after Rehman malik comments, Did you notice :)

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Define irony – Folks who cannot eradicate massive irregularities from their own Intra-Party elections are now demanding an overhaul of the ECP in connivance with an anarchist who can’t think out of the box, or rather a container :D

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:23PM

    PTI’s recent political moves and statements clearly indicate that it has no public support. Tsunami does not need neutral ECP or Care taker Prime Minister. No force can stop a popular political party to win elections.

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  • Afzaal Khan
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:28PM

    PTI is really dumb and deaf.

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  • M A
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:30PM

    A Shame Day for PTI

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  • naeem khan
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:30PM

    the stooges of establishment finally getting together to rob people of their chance to elect leaders of their choice

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  • Noor
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:31PM

    all anti status quo parties should be united on one plateform and PTI should lead the allaince

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  • chalojee
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:35PM

    PTI apnay aap per khud kush hamla karnay jaa rahi hai, iss TUQ ke chakkar main.

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  • A2Z
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:36PM

    All hateful commentators, they are just talking about Election Commission, what is big deal in that

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  • trimdon
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:45PM

    PTI stabbed itself.

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  • abcde
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:54PM

    Deep inside GHQ, somebody’s boots are shining like never before.

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  • Umer
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Let’s make Imran PM direct so he does not have to blame Asma, Election Commission, God or anyone else for the fact that he is not PM so far. Too bad it’s not Imran’s buddy Musharraf’s dictatorship or Imran would have got at least one seat.

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  • LOK
    Feb 6, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Mubarak ho, Mubarak ho, Mubarak ho!!!

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  • Zaka
    Feb 6, 2013 - 7:18PM

    PTI should have taken this step much before. All political forcesshall join hand against corrupt mafia. Pakistan First.

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  • George
    Feb 6, 2013 - 7:19PM

    Oh, on a lighter side, Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s “NAARA”!

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  • Cry Me a River
    Feb 6, 2013 - 7:22PM

    A Canadian worried about Election Commission of Pakistan :crazy:

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  • skilleqt
    Feb 6, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Good move PTI. Explore the possibilities. Make the best decision.

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  • IK4me
    Feb 6, 2013 - 9:37PM

    @adeel qadri: You are a paid noora league troll. my leader IK is genius. you have no idea what he is doing. so stay away.

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  • Nawaz
    Feb 6, 2013 - 9:59PM

    @IK4me so funny dude:D

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  • freedom seeker
    Feb 6, 2013 - 10:02PM

    Its need to time to remove dirty garbage of Pakistan politics. Mr. Qadari and Mr. IK are only persons in Pakistan who can do this job. Good luck for them and Pakistan.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 6, 2013 - 10:06PM

    @IK4me:

    Some genius your leader IK is!! A dude who barely won ONE seat from across Pakistan and that too with the massive help of Ustad Tabla Master and the agencies, only a fountain of ingenuity such as him would know as to what he is doing. As for troll, no one can top a prissy fella such as you who wants to have IK all to himself, IK4ME….Buhahahahahahahahahaha!

    Man, I sometime wonder if the PTI troll posse intentionally act like an idiot or the characteristic are hereditary. Whatever it is, y’all need a major lobotomy of the head – administered by your local blacksmith.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 6, 2013 - 10:09PM

    @Zaka:

    You have just opened my eyes, my boy. I am still trying to figure out since when did the likes of MQM and PML-Q (About to become the allies of Immi Dimmi) have transformed into “Incorruptible” mafia? Buddy, you also need some serious help….just my two cents!

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  • Jkpakistani
    Feb 6, 2013 - 10:14PM

    Great meeting ..however the fuedals like Makhdoon Shah M Qureshi and others are the shame on PTI. These feudals will never support any good for the system as they have been taking advantage of the system for centuries….
    PAT ,MQM and PTI need to handshack for better Pakistan or it will be a chaos pretty soon…

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Feb 6, 2013 - 10:16PM

    @IK4me:
    im sure even u dont know what ure ‘genius’ is upto.

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  • Mirza
    Feb 6, 2013 - 11:34PM

    It is ironic that a much established and stronger party PTI joining a character like Qadri! It only says that the tsunami was only a brief downpour. If it were a real tsunami then it would have absorbed several Qadris with it not the other way around.Recommend

  • Baloch Insafian
    Feb 6, 2013 - 11:53PM

    Nooras r feeling the heat by mere imagination of Tsunami March
    Earlier they had One nightmare in shape of Tsunami & now they r panicking more after seeing Qadri uniting with Tsunami as well..!

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Feb 7, 2013 - 8:37AM

    Both Tsunami Khan and Tahirul Qadri are two sides of the same coin launched by the establishment to break votes. Very sad!

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  • Something Clever
    Feb 7, 2013 - 11:24AM

    A truly neutral person does not exist. It requires that they haven’t lived in the country or heard anything about its political climate. There’s not a person on the planet that doesn’t shift one way or another with every single thing they hear about a topic. It’s automatic. Someone saying otherwise is a liar. So what you realistically need is someone who can set aside their personal opinion to be objective. That is what should be the focus. All that is being said by PTI is “we want someone we think will be beneficial to us.” After all, you can say they’re partial to PPP but PPP can also say the replacement is too partial to PML-N/PTI/Whoever and then it repeats. That means you’ll never get to elections or it’s inevitable that some of the ones who didn’t win are just going to cry foul afterwards. There’s pretty much a 0% chance that those elections are going to occur and everyone is going to say it was fair with all the conspiracy minded/perpetual victims who are participating.

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  • Feb 7, 2013 - 8:22PM

    end of another part of drama,,Recommend

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