PM Nawaz says Qadri should have participated in elections if he wanted a 'revolution'

Published: August 11, 2014
Express News screengrab of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the ceremony in Islamabad.

Express News screengrab of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the ceremony in Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD: Lashing out at Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that “the runaway from Canada should have participated in the 2013 general elections if he wanted to bring a ‘revolution’ in Pakistan.

Speaking at the launch of the Vision 2025 programme, the premier, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, stated that a ‘revolution’ cannot come with only around 200 votes.

He also critisised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan, stating that the PTI chief should have held the Azadi march during the general elections and not a year after they were held.

Mocking the agenda of the two political leaders, Imran and Qadri, the prime minister remarked that he does not understand where they got their agendas from as well as who gave them their agendas.

“August 14 is a day for everyone to be together,” Nawaz said, adding that PTI should have kept their long march in solidarity with the government.

The prime minister stated that the PTI chief should speak to him about his reservations regarding the government’s policies.

“I am even ready to come to your house again if you call me for negotiations,” the premier remarked.



Nawaz also said that the nation has given a heavy mandate to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to rule the country

“People want rule of law, elimination of terrorism, development and peace in the country,” he added.

The premier further said the nation wanted that the Constitution of Pakistan be upheld at all times, and Pakistan to have a strong position in the world and be in the list of developed countries.

“Are we still not ready to learn the lessons from our 67 years of existence,” Nawaz questioned, referring to the troublemakers in the country.

Democracy – nation’s only path

Speaking about democracy, the premier remarked that it was the only path for the nation.

He further said that each government comes to power via voting and goes out of power in the same manner.

Censuring dictatorship and martial law, Nawaz said that they have only led to destruction and have never suited the country.

Giving examples of other countries, the prime minister stated that USA, UK, France and Europe are where they are today only because of their democratic system.

Criticism of K-P govt

While speaking during the ceremony, the premier did not hesitate to criticise the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government as well.

He questioned what sort of development has taken place in the province as the results were not visible.


The premier also spoke about the progress that the PML-N government is making in terms of development in the country.

He said that in the next three to four years power projects will be set up which will add 10,400 megawatts (MW) to the national grid.

Nawaz also claimed that there will be no load-shedding in the country by the end of the government’s tenure.

“The growth in gross domestic product (GDP) currently stands at 4.4% and will exceed 7% within the next four years,” he added.

Criticising the two marches again, the premier said that Karachi Stock Exchange had been doing really well but because of such marches it has started to go down, further stating that marches like these “sabotage” developmental projects and economic progress, and the government will not allow this to happen.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • rafique
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:36PM

    I thnik PTI & PAT leadership to review their Decision as they lead to the country to bloodshed. I agree with the point of view of Prime Minister of Pakistan.


  • common man
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:37PM

    Yes you are right Mr. Prim Minister…!! to be more precise say,, Participate in Rigged Election”
    Your days are over, This time One Way ticket to Oversea and with No return..


  • sabi
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:46PM

    Mr prime minister few rejected thugs have wasted enough of our time and resources and making the nation of 200 million people a joke in the eyes of the whole word.This is your job to contain these thugs and restore people’s confidence in the state. We expect that you will not succumb to any pressure to have a soft hand on these enemies of Pakistan.Go ahead and silent them for ever so that you can concentrate on your economic agenda.Show that civilians are fully capable of dealing with anarchists.


  • Shafaq
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:48PM

    I am a big supporter of Mr. Imran Khan but here i agreed with PM and by the way who is Mr. Qadri and what are his contribution for the country??? Being a Pakistani, i haven’t heard abt him before as such….


  • Yasser Masood
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:51PM

    Mr. PM if you keep dreaming that PTI got 200, 500, 400 votes here and there, then you should have no issue in opening the entire election for a recount. Talk about real issue my dear, not fluffy ‘will-do-some-day’ kind of ideas.


  • Zaka
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:51PM

    You mean the elections that you rigged with help from those who are now being compensated by you?


  • Hira
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:51PM

    this guy look extreme confused and shattered, when he cannot envision 14th august march scenario and implication what is the use of visioning 2025. Mr. PM give people their basic rights now, your Govt has made their lives miserable, can you provide justification on why your wealth is improving day by day and people are getting poorer every other minute


  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:54PM

    Actually Imran and Qadri want an election commsion whose sole job should be to bring them to power,anything short of that would be considered rigging and these two would continue whining and making lives of Pakistanis miserable.Recommend

  • Aug 11, 2014 - 2:55PM

    Ur days are over.u r destroying the middle class of this country.u came to power through stolen mandate.Now u r killer of 22 innocent people.we will not forgive u and u will be held accountable for ur actions


  • Aug 11, 2014 - 2:55PM

    Our PM has created the mess out the whole situation by making a hero to Qadri by not understanding the sensitivity of the situation well before the start of procession. It appears has taken a deep sleep and now he trying to resolve the issues. Even now doing wrong things. I don’t know who are the advisers to our innocent PM.


  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 11, 2014 - 2:57PM

    A new Election Commission should be formed whose sole goal should be to bring Imran Qadri & Co to power,anything short of that won’t be acceptable to these anarchists who are shamelessly holding Anarchy March on Pakistan’s Independence day.Recommend

  • Ozair
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:00PM

    And if PTI announced Azadi March right after the elections, PM would have said “PTI should follow the system and take their complaints to tribunals”. The TRUE mandate of PMLN is clear from the Container strategy.


  • Tariq Mahmood
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:02PM

    Never Have I heard so much garbage from a leader who purportedly won a landslide victory. Unfortunately for him, the new breed of Pakistani electorate are a little too sophisticated to buy into his nonsensical dross. Where was that place you & family are leaving for later this week??


  • Abdul Hakeem
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:04PM

    Qadri has no say in public. he will never participate in elections. He can only make noise and deliver speeches full of hate.


  • Aam Aadmi
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:09PM

    First they said accept the election result and go to the tribunals, now they are saying why didn’t you protest then. LOL


  • IY
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:17PM

    Mr PM…’heavy madnate’ given to you by the people of Pakistan? If thats true, why so reluctant of a recount? And people don’t give you votes for ‘development’. Your job is to bring legislation and make policies to help move the country forward. Not buidling some over-head bridges or under-passes!.Too bad you ‘forgot’ to read the job descrition!. I guess, your ‘politics’ is to let the people believe that these gimmicks are what they need, and not better education, health, economy, taxation and police/judiciary reform policies.


  • Ali Hamid
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:18PM

    Tahir ul Qadri and Imran Khan are puppets of Army. They are being used by Army to put pressure on the government. Army is doing all this to save Pervez Musharraf.


  • sabi
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:23PM

    Also.heavy hand on the puppets will send a strong message to those cowards pulling the strings
    They have greatly shatterd foreign investors confidence,planing investments worth hundreds of billions of dollars in Pakistan. Only way to restore their confidence is to show the writ of government in full might as investor’s first condition is stability of the land.
    We hope it will not take this nuclear state to end this ugly episode in less than a month.


  • Sadaf
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:28PM

    From where has Qadri stemmed out by the way? he was nowhere at the time of elections and in past too


  • zafar
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:30PM

    It’s people like you who slapping.. FYI – open your eyes or are you deaf blind and dumb? – you are asking about his contribution to Pakistan???? You should look at his contribution for the whole Muslim Ummah – not to forget that his Fatwa on Terrorism saved the face of Pakistan!!

    His Minhaj Welfare Foundation is one of the largest non-government international charity organisations in the world, with a network of branches and projects in over 100 countries worldwide…has been operating in Pakistan and helping deprived people across the Muslim world even before Imran Khan started raising his money for his hospital

    Go on dare you to look at his research of authoring 1000 books (of which 500 are published)…yet you dare ask who he is and his contribution????


  • Sodomite
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:30PM

    Someone should ask the PM if Lenin, Mao Tse Tung, Castro, Bolivar, Washington, Danton and other French Revolutionaries were members of Parliaments??


  • goldconsumer
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:31PM

    Participate in elections for revolution? You think all the fuss is about becoming the PM? I am sure this is all what you can think about Mr. Shareef. At least know your opposition’s view point before commenting!


  • YP Mississauga
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:38PM

    “He also critisised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan, stating that the PTI chief should have held the Azadi march during the general elections and not a year after they were held.”

    Well you never informed that elections will be rigged, if you would have done so, then he and others would have taken your advise.


  • Aimal
    Aug 11, 2014 - 3:44PM

    OK Mr.PM those who participated what did they achieved?


  • ivehadit
    Aug 11, 2014 - 4:00PM

    Running protests a year after the election is a bit foolhardy. Joining forces with the “runaway Canadian” is also foolhardy. Mr. Sharif should let that man go home. Don’t make him a hero by all the stupid blockades and police actions. Also, let Mush go home. These guys will fade away. No need for revenge politics.

    Imran Khan doesn’t know how to play his hand. He’s liked by the people for a single reason: he is honest. But by creating all this ruckus he’s letting the situation run away from himself and opening himself up to criticism that he is not up to the task. He needs to build on his reputation by providing good governance in KP and keeping the Federal Government honest and on its toes by playing a watchdog role, highlighting corruption and cronyism.

    Inviting trouble when peace is the order of the day, not what Pakistan needs right now.


  • Salman Husen
    Aug 11, 2014 - 4:22PM

    PTI ZIndabad…..
    I can see changes in shape of Imran Khan…
    He is the last hope


  • salman
    Aug 11, 2014 - 4:29PM

    @YP Mississauga:
    brilliant reply!


  • xnain
    Aug 11, 2014 - 4:47PM

    @Yasser Masood:
    Well then probably you should enlighten us so as to why PTI couldn’t even clean sweep its home turf in KPK. Couldn’t show up anywhere in Balochistan and Sindh (where she just lost one seat to rigging). PTI and its chief live in a fools paradise


  • xnain
    Aug 11, 2014 - 4:49PM

    The reason is that both are the Pawns of a third force……Pawns of same master flock together.


  • Nida Alvi
    Aug 11, 2014 - 5:00PM

    @Sodomite: Your ignorance of the word REVOLUTION makes me laugh… None of the revolutionaries in France, Russia or even China were living in a 300 kanals palace or were making 1st class international travel (return fare is US$15,000) or roaming in bullet-proof SUVs.
    None of these so-called revolutionaries is a middle class. Both of them were once cahoots of Musharraf but even Musharraf never give them any cabinet slot.


  • Patriotic Pakistani
    Aug 11, 2014 - 5:37PM

    I am a businessman..and hate politics..and even Nawaz Sharif But since Nawaz govt came into power my business has grown 3 times and is flourishing more day by days since last few days non of my labour has not come to work just because of these stupid rallies happening in Lahore. Please Qadri do all these thing in Canada where you belong. and Imran sb please take a very good look at your province matters. and do something their.Recommend

  • AbuBakral-Baghdadi
    Aug 11, 2014 - 5:39PM

    Good Pakis… Take them down.. We are ready for khilafat here…


  • Mehreen
    Aug 11, 2014 - 11:57PM

    Why does Qadri’s nationality bothers everyone so much and Nawaz’s increasing foreign and local wealth doesn’t? What was the point of ‘mulk sawaro karz utaro’ when you have so much money of your own. Mr Sharif leave us alone before we call the security to escort you out!


  • Zohaib
    Aug 12, 2014 - 3:12AM

    Unfortunately this Nawaz Sharif is a biggest shame for Pakistan he couldn’t understand the logic of questioning his rigged power which Qadri is saying since last year, Mr. Sharif without a neutral electoral setup and electronic voting machines there’s a clear chance of rigging masters to become a shameless PM of Pakistan.


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