Qadri ends Islamabad sit-in, to hold demos in different parts of the country

Published: October 21, 2014
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Dr Tahirul Qadri announces to end Islamabad sit-in. PHOTO: ONLINE

Dr Tahirul Qadri announces to end Islamabad sit-in. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Tuesday announced that he was ending sit-in at D-Chowk in the federal capital, Express News reported.

While addressing the sit-in participants on Tuesday, Qadri said the sit-in had turned into a revolution, and now there will be sit-ins across the country.

“The participants should pack their bags, return to their homes,” he said.

A schedule for PAT protest sit-ins was also announced.

On October 23, Qadri will travel to Abbottabad to hold a protest demonstration. In Bhakkar on November 23. A rally will be held in Sialkot on December 14 while another protest will be organised at Karachi’s Mazar-e-Quaid on December 25.

Qadri, along with his allied parties on Monday had decided to not hold rallies during the month of Muharram.

Sit-in did not fail

Qadri, while talking to Express News, dispelled the impression that his sit-in had failed.

“We did not fail,” he said. “All our demands were not met and neither did we back down, as we did not want to make a deal with the government.”

He added that a deadlock between PAT and government persisted as both the parties were not willing to withdraw any of their demands.

“We had our reservations about government, and we could not step back from our demand of resignations of the PM and CM Punjab.”

Qadri claimed that their sit-in had managed to spread their message among the public.

“In the joint session of Parliament, every party criticised the government, yet stood with the PML-N for the sake of democracy.”

When asked if he had consulted the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf over his decision to end his sit-in, he said, “We did not consult with them today but they knew that our plan to wind up the sit-in was in the making.”

He added that there was no conflict between PAT and PTI.

The PAT chief added that his struggle for change in government and the system will continue through the power of vote and Constitution.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • A
    Oct 21, 2014 - 10:44PM

    A great leader with unprecedented effort for nation in the history of Pakistan. Thanks for floating awareness among common men for their basic rights.Recommend

  • Muslim Leaguer
    Oct 21, 2014 - 10:45PM

    Quitting Dharna is a good step of Qadri, though he had announced that anyone returning from the Dharna must be killed! Qadri knows that winter season has arrived in Islamabad and it is problematic to stay in D-Chowk during cold.
    With Qadri’s return from the Container/Dharna, his cousin – Imran Khan is further isolated and is getting the disgrace for wasting 9 weeks of this Country.

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  • Mahmood
    Oct 21, 2014 - 10:46PM

    Exemplary patience and effort demonstrated by PAT for 70 days. None can do that. Allah has blessed Pakistan with a great leader in the time of miseries when NS and Zardari were trying to strengthen their partnership yet by making people fool.

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 21, 2014 - 11:18PM

    How they got all that money to stage these jalsas and dharnas.

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Oct 21, 2014 - 11:18PM

    I’m sure he made a secret deal with PML-N to end the sit-in !!!!

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  • H Chaudhry
    Oct 22, 2014 - 12:32AM

    @Mahmood Exemplary patience by the Government for letting this trouble maker stay in Capitol for so long! This slave driver sick Canadian is responsible for suffering of so many of his innocent followers. I am glad that he his leaving with out getting any thing from government that is ZERO. No resignation no what so ever, well he got lot of money though!

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  • Sam
    Oct 22, 2014 - 12:56AM

    @MuslimLeaguer:
    This is not a waste of time, objective is already achieved and Nawaz Sharif’s incompetent govt is now fully exposed Maybe you hold some soft corner for these looser leaders but they have nothing to offer to country except for more IMF loans and corruption. Hope you got slice of the cake to show the support to them.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 22, 2014 - 1:07AM

    What has he achieved beside losing several lives of innocent people and damaging govt and private property? All these days of losing wages and family hardship without even promises from the govt is not a success but abject failure and use of innocent people and their blood. Go back to the comfort of Canada from the comfort of the container. One down and one to go! Let us see what would be PTI/IK achievements with their Dharna?

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  • Farhan
    Oct 22, 2014 - 1:22AM

    Nawaz Shariff might be happy to see this but he should not be because a countrywide movement against him and others like him has already been started and even children know now that they are hijacked in the name of democracy by all conventional and corrupt politicians. Thanks to Qadri and IK.

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  • Nazir
    Oct 22, 2014 - 1:24AM

    @Pakistani
    Love for country make you sleep on the roads and pass days under the sun. you don’t need money for that. Its an eye opener for those who want to wake up.

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  • Humza
    Oct 22, 2014 - 1:51AM

    @Mahmood: What are you talking about. Tahirul Qadri was in a luxury container while his followers were left out in the cold after having their ID cards snatched away and getting paid a paltry daily sum of a few hundred rupees. This man has endless ambition but no platform. He had better join his family back in Canada before winter comes. He is nothing but an embarrassment to see some out of country Mullah fly in to cause disturbances, waste money and fly off again. When he is back in Canada some protesters should line up outside his house to demand that he resign his asylum claim and citizenship!

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  • Ali
    Oct 22, 2014 - 2:56PM

    Correct to humza – The container was far from luxurious as it only has basic necessities (as pointed out by several anchors who have been in the container). Daily wages were paid to people as living expenses which is a solid model for sustaining a dharna so I really dont see a problem?

    Where his funds come from: Recall the FIA tried to press charges against PAT and Minhaj Group for tax evasion and laundering … in september. Remember these were politically motivated decisions by the govt to get the FIA to blackmail or exposed TuQ. End result.. FIA found nothing .. His donations are coming from overseas pakistanis mainly anyways.

    If anyone is an “agent” of usa uk saudia etc etc .. its the current government .. as no foreign media really promoted or reported this amazing historic protest movement. USA even came to rescue of PMLN saying we support democractic process (sham laughable democracy)

    TuQ most certainly will have to go abroad to thank the overseas people who assisted him in his funding. But he has announced future strategy as well so dont freak out and say he has run off.

    And lastly – What has he achieved? Perhaps nothing to those who drive cards, get paychecks, can afford basic necessities and luxuries of life. He has not achieved anything for the people in Isb who couldnt go to restaurants or had to take detours. He has not achieved anything for those who dont have to worry where the next meal comes from. No TuQ has not achieved anything. Why? Because the problems he talks about are not our problems but the poor people’s problems.. He just got in our way of life.

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