Youm-e-Shuhuda updates: 'Revolution' march will begin on August 14, says Qadri

The 'Azadi' march and the 'revolution' march will both be held on the same day, says PAT chief


Our Correspondent/web Desk August 09, 2014

MIANWALI/ FAISALABAD/ LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, while observing Youm-e-Shuhuda (martyrs day) on August 10 in Lahore to commemorate those killed during clashes on June 17 between PAT supporters and police, announced that his 'revolution' march would coincide with PTI's Azadi march on August 14.


Since the Youm-e-Shuhuda announcement, along with which he had also 'predicted' that the current government would not stay in place beyond this month, there has been a resurgence in the standoff between Qadri's supporters and the government.

Violence broke out on August 8 after hundreds of baton-wielding PAT supporters clashed with law enforcers and tried to remove shipping containers used to block roads leading to Qadri's house and the place that they were supposed to gather for 'Youm-e-Shuhuda.'

As PTA continues to observe Youm-e-Shuhuda in Lahore and prepares for its march to Islamabad on August 14, get all the updates here. All previous stories relating to Qadri’s speeches can be found on this trend page as well.



August 10, 9:05pm

Qadri tells his supporters to stay seated as he exits the stage.

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August 10, 9:03pm

"We will overthrow the government," he said.

"We will not come back from Islamabad until we bring a revolution."

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August 10, 9:01pm

"Our revolution march will begin on August 14," says Qadri

"The 'Azadi' march and the 'revolution' march will both be held on the same day," he adds.

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August 10, 9:00pm

"If I am killed, then don't spare the Sharifs," Qadri tells his workers.

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August 10, 8:58pm

"We will stay here for three days to pray," Qadri announces, adding that there will be a soyem on the third day.

He invites people from all over Pakistan to visit in those three days to offer prayers for the deceased.

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August 10, 8:56pm

"Do you want a revolution?" the PAT chief asks his supporters three times.

"I am ready to be killed with you," he says.

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August 10, 8:53pm

Urging workers to remain peaceful, he says that if anyone attacks them, they should retaliate.

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August 10, 8:48pm

Qadri gets the crowd ready to hear his big announcement.………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

August 10, 8:47pm

"I am a staunch believer of democracy," the PAT chief says.

"This struggle has been given the title of a revolution, and it will be non-violent and democratic," he says.

"The Sharifs are establishing global business empires while the people in Pakistan are deprived of basic necessities."

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August 10, 8:38pm

"We want the culture of democracy which is transparent and has a system of accountability and is free of corruption," Qadri says.

"Our struggle is for the placement of true democracy. We want devlution of powers. Power should go to the union councils, to the districts, to the tehsils through the devolution," he adds.

"We want high courts at district headquarters and magistrate courts in union councils, so that justice arrives at the doorsteps of every person living in this country."

"We are totally against the imposition of martial law."

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August 10, 8:32pm

"The entire nation will have to step out for this revolution," says Qadri, adding that the efforts of PAT, PML-Q, AML, SIC, PTI workers will not be enough.

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August 10, 8:29pm

PAT chief says those who committed the murders of his workers on the orders of the Sharif brothers would no longer be able to hide behind Shahbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif.

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August 10, 8:28pm



Express News screengrab of scores of PAT supporters at the rally. 

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August 10, 8:12pm

"We want proper punishment through law," he says.

"There is no law or democracy in Pakistan," Qadri says. 

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August 10, 8:10pm

"I reject all false accusations of violence against our workers, they have never committed a single act of violence anywhere," Qadri says.

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August 10, 8:08pm

"Our struggle will be peaceful and democratic," he says, adding that the alleviation of poverty will also be in focus.

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August 10, 8:04pm

Questioning the Punjab government's security arrangements, the PAT chief says the MQM delegation that had brought food for his supporters was not allowed to enter.

"Cars of political leaders -- including PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat and PML-Q Punjab president Chaudhry Pervez Elahi -- were stopped on the way to my house for a few hours, so they had to walk miles to meet me," he says.

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August 10, 8:02pm

Qadri says that "Model Town has been transformed into Gaza for the past seven days."

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August 10, 8pm

"Our workers did not torture anyone or cause any damage, and more then 25,000 PAT workers have been arrested," Qadri alleges, adding that several of his party workers are still missing.

To prevent PAT workers from attending the Youm-e-Shuhuda rally, trenches were dug into roads leading to Lahore.

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August 10, 7:54pm

Referring to the FIR registered against him for the death of constable Muhammad Ashraf, Qadri says his workers cannot kill anyone.

"It has been proven that the constable died in an accident with a motorcycle," he says.

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August 10, 7:50pm

The PAT chief warns his supporters that tough times are yet to come, and tells them if they want to leave then they are free to do so.

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August 10, 7:47pm

"I will make an important announcement, regarding what our next actions will be, at the end of the rally,” he informs his supporters.

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August 10, 7:44pm

Qadri claims that the money laundering and tax evading cases registered against him are false as he does not own any propert -- except his house in Model Town.

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August 10, 7:42pm

“If you want to kill me, come now, I am not sitting in a container this time,” Qadri says, adding that the days of the oppressors are numbered.

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August 10, 7:39pm

"We are peaceful and will remain peaceful," he says.

Qadri says he has heard he will be killed any time, and is not afraid.

“I will fight a war for the rights of the poor, I’m not one to be afraid or be bought,” a fiery Qadri tells his supporters.

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August 10, 7:36pm


"I will not eat food until my workers have eaten," says Qadri, referring to road blockages that have left his workers without basic necessities.


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August 10, 7:34pm

Revolution does not come without making sacrifices, he says

Urging his workers to remain peaceful, Qadri questions if they are ready to withstand more torture for a revolution.

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August 10, 7:25pm

The PAT chief salutes the bravery of his supporters.

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August 10, 7:18pm

Qadri and his supporters pray for the the soldiers who lost their lives in the operation in North Waziristan and for the prosperity of the country.

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August 10, 7:15pm

"Today, Youm-e-Shuhuda, is the day to commemorate Pakistan Army soldiers killed during Operation Zarb-e-Azb and those killed during the Model Town clashes on June 17," says the PAT chief.

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August 10, 7:11pm

Qadri begins to address his supporters.



Express News screengrab of PAT chief Tahirul Qadri addressing his supporters.………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

August 10, 6:51pm

Qadri seated and gearing up to address his supporters.

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August 10, 6:47pm

All roads leading to Raiwind have been blocked by containers, according to Express News.

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August 10, 6:31pm

Addressing the Youm-e-Shuhuda rally, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Punjab president Chaudhry Pervez Elahi said that if Dr Tahirul Qadri and PTI chairperson Imran Khan march to Islamabad together, the Sharifs will flee from the country before August 13.

Saluting those killed during the Model Town clashes on June 17, he assured that revenge will be taken for their deaths.
“People were shot on the orders of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif,” said Elahi.

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August 10, 6:27pm

Addressing the Youm-e-Shuhuda rally in Lahore, Sheikh Rasheed said the martyrs have won and the tyrants have lost.

Rasheed, while celebrating and lauding the resilience of PAT workers for coming out and attending the rally, urged supporters to step out with Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri for the freedom of this country.

“The political parties who are with Nawaz Sharif should make a decision before August 14 -- are you with the public or are you with the thieves,” he said.



Express News screengrab of Sheikh Rasheed addressing the rally.

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August 10, 4:29pm

Law minister of Punjab, Rana Mashood, said police were out to arrest Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri after he was charged on Sunday with murder after a policeman was killed during clashes with his supporters.

Read here for the full story.

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August 10, 2:07pm

Mobile phone services have been suspended in parts of Lahore including Model Town, Faisal Town, Garden Town and Township, Express News reported on Sunday.

However, there is no official notification issued for the suspension of cellular services.

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August 10, 11:23am

An FIR was registered against 288 PAT members including party chief Tahirul Qadri at the Wan Bachran police station in Mianwali.

Sections of terrorism and stealing weapons were included in the FIR.

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August 10, 11:13am

Police on Sunday arrested PAT workers from different parts of Punjab as they make their way to Lahore to observe the Youm-e-Shuhuda. Many supporters were also placed under house arrest.

Around 73 supporters from Jhang, 45 from Chiniot, 27 from Toba Tek Singh, 26 from Mianwali and more than 100 from Sargodha were arrested.

Read the full story here.

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August 10, 9:15am

Another FIR was registered for murder of a police constable against the PAT chief at the Naseerabad police station in Lahore, Express News reported on Sunday.

Sections of murder, attempted murder, attacking the police and incitement to treason were included in the FIR.

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August 10, 03:15am

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain in exclusive telephonic call to Express News asked the PAT workers and Punjab police to remain peaceful.

He advised PAT and the government to solve the matter by negotiations.

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August 10, 03:09am

DIG operations Lahore Haider Ashraf has denied the claims that a commando operation will take place at Minhajul Quran secretariat.

He said that police or elite force is not stationed in Model town and helicopter surveillance is only being carried out to avoid unfortunate events.

PAT leader Raheeq Abbasi had previously claimed that a commando operation by Punjab police will take place at Minhajul Quran secretariat to arrest Tahirul Qadri.

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August 10, 01:15am

Following the violent clashes with Punjab police, Sunni Tehreek leader Hamid Raza announced in a press conference early on Sunday that the PML-N will be responsible for any unfortunate incident on Youm-e-Shuhuda.

He said that the party had previously asked its workers to remain peaceful, but now the party had given its workers the liberty to react in whatever way they saw fit if the government resorts to unruly tactics.



August 9, 11:30pm

Following reports of acute shortage of fuel in Lahore and Islamabad, the Ministry of Petroleum said that it was moving additional fuel to three cities to meet “more than average” demand.

According to a statement the government claimed that nearly 0 .6 million litres was supplied to Peshawar, one million litres to Islamabad and 1.5 million litres to Lahore 1.5 million litters PMG was supplied on Saturday evening.

It added that consumption was “more than average.”

Resupply operation to major cities is expected to continue throughout Saturday night and Sunday.

PMG is continuously moved from Karachi in local refineries to up country to meet this panic demand, the statement added.

Explaining the shortfall, the government said that difficulties were encountered when TL sent from Karachi were trucked at some places due to road blocks. However, supply was restored after opening of routes.

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August 9, 11:20pm

Police constable Muhammad Ali Azad, who was injured in clashes with PAT workers, succumbed to his injuries at General Hospital.

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August 9, 11:00pm

Another FIR has been filed against Dr Tahirul Qadri and the PAT leadership under anti-terrorism and interfering in government business in Faisal Town in Lahore.

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August 9, 5:00pm

Inspector General Punjab has ordered that all roads and interchanges in Punjab that were sealed off should be re-opened, Express News reported.

Follow the live updates of the clashes that lasted two days here.

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August 9, 1:00pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rejected Qadri's calls for "revolution" in an address to the National Security Conference in Islamabad.

"If people are trying to bring revolution to create chaos it won't be accepted," the prime minister said.

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August 9, 12:30pm

PAT chief Tahirul Qadri announced that Youm-e-Shuhada would be observed in every street of every city of Pakistan starting from today (Saturday).

The PAT chief claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif “want to set the country ablaze,” stating that Punjab has been turned into a battlefield by the Sharif brothers.

Read the full story here.

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August 9, 10:00am

The Lahore High Court dismissed petitions against the blocking of roads leading to Model Town and other parts of the city, terming the security measures adopted by the provincial government a rightful act under the law.

Read the full story here.

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August 9, 9:15am

Qadri has said that Martyrs’ Day will definitely be observed on August 10 and that PAT workers must not surrender.

“This is the path of revolution, and each step you take will go down in history,” he said while addressing a press conference late on Friday night.

Read the full story here.

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August 9, 9:10am

A worker of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) was killed and six female party workers were injured as they clashed with the police in Kamoke, a city in Gujranwala district in Punjab, Express News reported.

Three policemen were reportedly injured in the clashes while three vehicles of the police were damaged as well.

Read the full story here.

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August 9, 9:00am

A Lahore High Court judge remarked on August 8 that it could order removal of all obstacles on the streets if Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri gave an undertaking not to disrupt peace.

Read the full story here.

COMMENTS (74)

leo | 7 years ago | Reply

People like Tahir ul Qadri are beyond economical repairs. Even complete psychological and clinical overhaul can't put them right.

Aamir | 7 years ago | Reply

Can any one inform me where are the talented sons of TUQ for the last one week or so. They were always on the right and left side of TUQ in every press conferences. He wants to shed bloods of other sons and daughters but have put his own in safe heaven. They should also join the protesters out side sitting under sun.

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