Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri stresses the need of grand reconciliation

Chairman of Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, has said that the ongoing wave of terrorism and political confrontation was dangerous for political and economic stability of the country. He said that the unseen forces were involved in hatching conspiracy for destabilizing the country. It put the onus of foiling these nefarious designs of enemies of Pakistan on political leaders. They needed to show restraint and step back from their maximalist positions in the larger interest of national reconciliation. He said anti-Pakistan forces wanted to turn her into Afghanistan, Somalia, Nepal and Bhutan etc. The country could not afford more crises and immediate steps were needed to defuse the highly volatile situation in an attempt to steer it clear of the present challenges.

He expressed these views while addressing the Central Working Council of Pakistan Awami Tehreek on March 6, 2009 in the central secretariat. Faiz-ur-Rehman Durrani, Anwar Akhtar Advocate, Dr Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi, Sheikh Zahid Fayyaz, G.M. Malik, Ahmad Nawaz Anjum, Mian Zahid Islam and other leaders were also present at the occasion.

Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the disputed issues should be resolved through dialogue and engagement and it was possible only by creating space for reconciliation. He said that if confrontation continued, it would be very dangerous for the country and no one would be the winner. He said the government should lead from the front in this situation to help normalize things. Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that democracy could take root only if all state institutions like judiciary, legislature and executive played their roles strictly in their constitutional domains without stepping into territory of the other.

He said all political parties should accept mandate of other parties and work for creation of culture of coexistence and forbearance. He said only national unity against internal and external threats could save the country. “It necessitated rising above parochial party interests,” he concluded.