Qadri vows to pursue long march

Says march in accordance with constitution

By Mohammad Ashraf, Correspondent
Published: 19:30 January 11, 2013

Karachi: Tahirul Qadri, the chief of Minhajul Quran Tehreek on Friday vowed to carry his long march towards Islamabad on January 14, despite the government taking all restricve measures to foil his attempt.

“There must not be any doubt, the march would be carried and carried at any cost,” Qadri told a press conference in Lahore.

His vow came after Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the key ally to Qadri, backed off early on Friday saying they were withdrawing their practical support to the march though its moral support would continue.

The MQM attributed the rising incidents of terrorism in the country as the key factory behind their withdrawal.

“They conveyed to me about their decision and they have constituently rights take their position,” Qadri said.

He further said that Allah, people and the media was his strength.

Qadri further said that the government was taking cowardly measures to preempt the rally. The government agents were threatening the bus owners whereas the public ovens (Tandoors) were ordered to be shut in Islamabad so that the participants could not have their breads.

He said his march was very much accordance with the constitution and the courts of law already rejected applications against the protest rally.

Qadri also expressed his concerns that he might be assassinated during the march. In that case, he nominated top notches of the state, federal government and the Punjab province.

He also advised his followers if any terrorism or sabotage take place at the march they must stay calm and must not turn violent.

Qadir said he would assign his last will to his family to guide them on what they must do after he was assassinated.

Qadri also condemned the bomb blasts in Quetta and Swat where more than a hundred people were killed. He said the government failed to stop terrorism and thus lost the right to rule the country.

He also said that the nation was with the Pakistan Army for its measures to preserve the country’s geographic boundaries and sovereignty.

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