Qadri vows to return power to the people

Published: May 12, 2014
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A rally of Tahirul Qadri’s supporters in Rawalpindi. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

A rally of Tahirul Qadri’s supporters in Rawalpindi. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

LAHORE / RAWALPINDI: 

Unveiling a new ‘10-point agenda’ on Sunday, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) President Dr Tahirul Qadri vowed to transfer power from the hands of ‘corrupt politicians to the people’.

“Democracy is a name for good governance… this [the current set-up] is not a real democracy because only a select few families are ruling the country,” Qadri told his supporters across the country via video link.

Thousands thronged the rallies in several cities of the country on Sunday to support Qadri’s demand for change. Major rallies were held in Rawalpindi and Lahore – an estimated 10,000 people of all ages from the Potohar region, Azad Kashmir and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa arrived in the garrison city to attend the gathering.

Addressing supporters, the PAT chief accused current parliamentarians – who he said had gained membership into Parliament by violating articles 62, 63, 213 and 218 of the Constitution – of stalling the implementation of articles 18, 25-A, and 37, which deal with the elimination of child labour, provision of compulsory education and equality of status of citizens.

He said both the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and its main rival, the Pakistan Peoples Party, had availed three chances each to rule the country, “but no one bothered to implement these articles for the welfare of the people.”

“Real change can’t come under the existing Parliament, which was formed by violating the Constitution,” the PAT chief said. “An unconstitutional parliament cannot bring true democracy and cannot protect the basic rights of the people.”

Announcing that he will return to Pakistan ‘in the near future’, Qadri said he would remain in the country until he could “snatch power from the rulers and return it to the people.” He said he will announce a date for his return soon which will herald a ‘war between millions of revolutionary people and the corrupt rulers’.

“The revolution will mark the end of unemployment, provision of justice and establishment of true democracy.”

Sharing his plans for the country if his party was voted into power, Qadri said he would start by bringing all the money “looted by corrupt politicians and religious leaders, and stored in foreign banks,” back to Pakistan.

“There are 13 banks in Switzerland which protect the black money looted from Pakistanis. I have been able to get details from two of these banks, and they have $100 billion kept there by Pakistani politicians,” he said.“I will bring this money back to Pakistan,” the PAT chief added.

He also promised to implement tax reforms which would generate ‘revenue worth Rs2,000 billion annually’.

Talking about his vision for the country, Qadri said he will divide existing provinces, creating as many as 35 provinces in the country. “Every division will be turned into a province,” he said.

“I will make a separate Hazara province right after bringing about a revolution,” the PAT chief announced. He did not say anything about South Punjab and Bahawalpur, however.

Qadri said power would be transferred to the people through local bodies. He said 800 governments at different levels would be set up and would be run by the people of Pakistan directly. Talking about the tribal areas, he said 150 districts and 400 city and village governments will be set up.

Following his ‘revolution’, the state would provide electricity, education and health to all citizens, Qadri told his supporters. Police, he said, would be bound to register an FIR within three days. Union council courts will decide civil suits in six months and criminal cases in three months, he added.

Qadri said under his rule, there would be no cabinet and no funds for governors. He added that no prime minister or president would have legal immunity.

Speaking on militancy, he said he would eliminate extremism and terrorism and would reform the syllabus of religious seminaries.

Qadri said by maligning the ISI, some anti state elements were trying to remove a hurdle before their personal gains.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • sabi
    May 12, 2014 - 3:35AM

    TQ collective conscience of people of Pakistan has rejected politics on religion that was the case yesterday that is the case today.Independent election commission doesn’t suit political jokers that’s why they look for third force and we know what you and others in the camp desire.This is 2014 not 1014 so bad luck.

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  • Maria
    May 12, 2014 - 4:00AM

    Sad that someone who is sitting in Canada has such tall claims for what he can do for Pakistan. He is proving to be an agent for instability and I don’t think many people can take anything that he says seriously. In a country of millions, the best he could manage is several thousand in the capital. I am glad he has failed a second time! Real change will come to Pakistan when people work within the constitution and system – not just raise empty slogans.

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  • dr j tipu
    May 12, 2014 - 4:41AM

    the very fact that despite PMLN;s mega so called victory, people are happily protesting on calls on PAT and PTI, and clearly in huge numbers, tells one how the wrong and wronged system has to change. I do not see one single point where Tahir ul Qadri is wrong!

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  • Khan
    May 12, 2014 - 5:52AM

    What rubbish. First come to Pakistan then talk.

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  • Absar
    May 12, 2014 - 7:26AM

    For Gods sake, we don’t need 35 provinces, we need one Pakistan.Recommend

  • Muneer
    May 12, 2014 - 8:01AM

    PAT has to convert this public support into electoral victory to change the system.

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  • Saleem
    May 12, 2014 - 8:14AM

    I dont understand why newspapers do not disclose what is truth and false. PAT conducted the rallied nearly 60 places and with nearly few million people and many other community people attended a bit late due to interfere of Police. police got instructions from government to stop peaceful protesters. Every one knows how the current government put the country in dark place. In 1 year current government borrowed 52000 Arab dollars on interest base and cheated people.

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  • saleem
    May 12, 2014 - 9:27AM

    I dont understand why newspapers do not disclose what is truth and false. PAT conducted the rallied nearly 60 places and with nearly few million people and many other community people attended a bit late due to interfere of Police. police got instructions from government to stop peaceful protesters. Every one knows how the current government put the country in dark place. In 1 year current government borrowed 52000 Arab dollars on interest base and cheated people.

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  • Genius
    May 12, 2014 - 10:28AM

    Power is taken. Never given. Never. Power will come to the people only and only when they will make themselves eligible for it. To become eligible people have to organise and unite themselves. If they do not organise, those organised to rule over them will continue to rule or misrule over them.

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  • SS
    May 12, 2014 - 10:47AM

    @sabi: When did TUQ talk of religion? You are part of the status quo. Open your eyes it is 2014 and not 2004!

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