Plane was diverted to ensure Qadri's safety: Pervaiz Rashid

Rashid says Qadri was advised and requested to fly via helicopter for his safety.

APP June 23, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Explaining the diversion of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s plane from Islamabad to Lahore on Monday morning, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid explained that the move was taken to ensure Dr Qadri’s own safety. 

Talking to the media in Islamabad, Rashid said that "the government wanted to ensure safe transfer of Dr Qadri to his home and that was why he was advised and requested to fly via helicopter”.

He further added that PAT workers had played a part in the deteriorating security situation in the twin cities, with the fear that militants could enter their rallies.

Rashid also expressed concern that people from the former president Pervez Musharraf’s cabinet were seen around the PAT chief which raised doubts that he was coming to give political life to Musharraf’s allies.

Furthermore, the minister claimed that Dr Qadri hijacked an international plane and this was not for the first time he was creating such a situation in the country.

He said that Dr Qadri’s agenda was not only to block the way to progress and prosperity but also to derail government's efforts to overcome the energy crisis. Furthermore, Rashid said the government had demonstrated immense patience and tolerance during the entire situation.

Rashid advised that Dr Qadri not divert the focus of army towards politics at a time when an operation was underway in North Waziristan. In the current scenario terrorists could take advantage of the situation as they have already threatened reactions to the military operation, he claimed.


One-sided | 7 years ago | Reply

@Dominic: But who was responsible for detaining the plane for 5 hours after it landed at the Lahore airport. Why did Qadri refuse to leave so late for personal reasons of unwarranted fear for his life. Oh what a revolutionary, he is?

smbfhs | 7 years ago | Reply Doesn't look like many people consider Pervaiz Rasheed anything worth listening to, and so the attendance here. By the way, I don't consider Qadri a politician or a high caliber leader either. I did not like the way he was swearing and cursing persistently. To be honest he looked worse than my Jumma Imaam who at least calms down soon after cursing Foreign powers helping wrong people or killing good people. I believe Qadri is also scared(for his own life) with the death & destruction because of him(or in his name) & his unknown road map.
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