Revolution march: Govt may allow Qadri – but not minus curbs

Published: August 11, 2014
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The sources said the Punjab government will try to keep to a minimum number of Qadri’s supporters, gathering at his Model Town residence.  PHOTO: EXPRESS/SHAFIQ MALIK

The sources said the Punjab government will try to keep to a minimum number of Qadri’s supporters, gathering at his Model Town residence. PHOTO: EXPRESS/SHAFIQ MALIK

LAHORE: The government is likely to allow Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri to hold his revolution march on August 14 — but not without putting restrictions in place. And that too, only after it fails to contain PAT’s anti-government campaign.

At the same time, political parties continued to negotiate with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s chief Imran Khan in a bid to convince him to shorten the duration of his sit-in in Islamabad.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday met in Raiwind, where they discussed the PTI’s August 14 Azadi march and Qadri’s revolution march in detail.

According to sources, Nawaz and Shahbaz called the meeting to devise strategy after Qadri called for a revolution march on August 14. In the coming days, the Punjab chief minister and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will convene a meeting of the party leaders to discuss the issue.

According to sources, the authorities in Punjab will continue their restrictions on PAT workers and will allow a limited number of activists to join the revolution march on August 14.

They, however, ruled out the release of around 1,500 PAT workers who were arrested from across the province. The police will also keep a close watch on Qadri’s workers and will try to confine their presence in their local districts till August 14.

The sources said the Punjab government will try to keep to a minimum number of Qadri’s supporters, gathering at his Model Town residence. And if it succeeds, then it will allow Qadri to go on GT Road at the same time when Imran Khan will come out from his residence at Zaman Park, Lahore.

They said the government would try to give an opportunity to the workers of both parties to converge on GT Road in order to get political benefits by putting them in an odd position. The PML-N believes that neither Qadri nor Imran wants to lose the opportunity of leadership on August 14.

The sources said Nawaz and Shahbaz have decided not to arrest Qadri at any cost. They said the PML-N leadership believes that Qadri’s revolution march’s call is an attempt to widen his popularity.

Imran Khan’s long march

According to sources, the Sharif brothers also discussed the ongoing discussion between political parties and the PTI.

The sources said the PML-N leadership believes that Imran will make a fresh announcement in Islamabad, just as he had made in his Bahawalpur public gathering before winding up his protest.

They said the PML-N leadership believes that negotiations between the PTI and other political parties will be successful and they will convince Imran to cut the duration of the marchers’ stay in Islamabad.

Talking to The Express Tribune, former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah Khan said the PML-N would call a meeting in the coming days to discuss a strategy regarding the PAT and the PTI marches.

“Majority of the PML-N’s senior leadership is of the opinion that both Qadri’s revolution march and Imran’s Azadi march should be allowed to go ahead in Islamabad,” he said.

Sananullah said Imran had conveyed to the negotiators that he wanted to stage a sit-in in Islamabad. “However, political parties are in contact with him and some solution will emerge,” he added.

He said, according to the federal and Punjab government’s estimations, the PTI and the PAT might stage a sit-in lasting between 10 to 15 days.

“The federal government will make such arrangements that their sit-in remains a sit-in and after that they call it off peacefully,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th,2014.

 

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Karachi Mirchi
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:51AM

    Seems like they are coming around. Just take the next step and Resign, make it easy for everyone concerned. Let us celebrate the real Independence Day.

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  • Karachi Mirchi
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:55AM

    OK. Seems like saner minds are prevailing.

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  • Genius
    Aug 11, 2014 - 11:57AM

    The right place to start Awaami Tehreek is from the localities where Awaam live.

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  • Kaleem
    Aug 11, 2014 - 12:10PM

    @Karachi Mirchi: Probably not you, but 14.8 million voters in Pakistan have elected Nawaz shareef. It is like, People of all parties take roads and block karachi, to force MQM legislators to resign.

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  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 11, 2014 - 12:59PM

    Ok, so now its clear that both opportunists imran and qadri are joining hand, some of their supporters tell me, who will be the prime minister, will qadri be pm and imran his deputy pm or vice versa?

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  • Ranjha
    Aug 11, 2014 - 1:35PM

    @Kaleem:

    but 14.8 million voters in Pakistan have elected Nawaz shareef.

    You mean 14.8 million fake vote chits stuffed in rice bags have elected Ibn Sharif?

    Too bad, the trash stuffed in electoral bags will not come out to protest in your favour. Have you got some real people with a pulse?

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  • Ranjha
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:44PM

    @Imran Qadri:

    It is your fault–you should have been careful with your screen name. They got the hint from it!
    Now, don’t be late to the meeting on 14th August!

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  • Haseeb
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:29PM

    @ Ranjha

    yes similar to 7.7 Million votes by PTI, they were truly rigged they were worth even less then that….

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  • Pervaiz NAWAZ
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:48PM

    After killing so many innocent people in model town by the order of shabaz shareef, Rana Sanaullah Khan is not shamed of him self sorry noon league has no shame anyway they tell white lies to the media, no gulu butt will be able to save, in your heart you know that you have stolen the mandate from PTI not admitting to it is another thing.

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  • Ranjha
    Aug 11, 2014 - 6:47PM

    @Haseeb:

    Oh’ touchy touchy. Non Leaguers is in a really foul mood!

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  • Malveros
    Aug 12, 2014 - 7:45AM

    IK’s fake mandate in KPK should now be revisited. PML(N), JI and JUI(F) should make the govt there as it should have been and kick out these miscreants from there. It was gracious of NS to allow IK to make govt in KPK but it was a wrong decision.

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