Tahirul Qadri to visit Canada for ‘routine checkups’

Qadri's party forms parliamentary board for potential election candidates.

Ema Anis/web Desk February 26, 2013
Tahirul Qadri talks with media representatives after submitting a petition in the Supreme Court in Islamabad on February 7, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Tahirul Qadri announced on Tuesday that he will visit Canada for a week for “routine checkups”.

“The dates of all my medical checkups were spread over several weeks, but I had them consolidated in one week to shorten my trip,” he said while speaking to the media in Lahore.

He added that he will depart on Wednesday or Thursday and will return by March 10.

The party chief had filed a petition in the Supreme Court calling for reconstitution of the election commission. The petition was dismissed after the apex court questioned Qadri about his dual nationality.

Qadri, maintaining that voters are allowed to hold dual nationalities, had refused to give up his Canadian nationality.

Parliamentary board

Qadri announced that his party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has formed a parliamentary board for candidates interested in participating in elections.

He asked the interested candidates to submit their applications to the board ahead of the party rally on March 17 in Rawalpindi where the final decisions will be announced.

The party chief had earlier said that he will tell the nation in his Rawalpindi rally whether to vote in an election or pursue a revolution. “My final contest will be on March 17 in Rawalpindi’s Liaqat Bagh,” he told a gathering in Multan last week.

During the rally, he had also presented what he called a 10-point national agenda “for progress and prosperity” of the people of Pakistan.


Zulaykha | 8 years ago | Reply

ACTUALLY people, Dr. Tahir - ul - Qadri, has many supporters and with that comes heavy media attention and also people who strongly oppose him. For security reasons, he is probably unable to get out of the house and is not allowed to open windows. Everywhere he goes he has to be surrounded by security to avoid deadly circumstances.imagine all the pressure he is receiving and look all the hard work doing; that definitely has to take it's toll on somebody. He is merely going to Canada to see his family, get some rest, revitalize. I am sure if all of you were in his position you would do the same thing. Through Almighty Allah's will, his hard work, determination and noble, intelligent and pious character, I hope he succeeds. Stop hating on a person who is trying to change a country, which no offense, is seriously corrupted and with nobody decent taking charge will go downhill. If you don't have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all. LONG LIVE TAHIR - UL QADRI INSHALLAH <3

riz | 8 years ago | Reply

@Z.Khan: He is back today , sad news for you )

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