The International News: Tahirul Qadri arrives at Islamabad venue

Tahirul Qadri arrives at Islamabad venue
January 15, 2013 - Updated 22 PKT
From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: Tehreek Minhajul Quran leader Dr Tahirul Qadri has arrived at the site of the sit-in. The long march being led by Dr Qadri took over 36 hours to reach its destination.

A large number of people gathered at Jinnah Avenue to welcome the Tahirul Qadri-led march. A large number of youth are present in the participating crowd while many women have also turned up at the sit-in, some of them with their children.

The charged protestors carrying national flags and placards are in chanting slogans for bringing about a change in the country.

The crowd has brought drinking water, edibles and other essentials along with them to make out on the roads of the Federal Capital in a chilling weather. They are ready to stand behind their leader Tahirul Qadri for as many days as it takes to push for their demands.

Those in attendance have been dealing with severe cold as the MET office has predicted that the temperature in the federal capital will continue to drop.

Tahir-ul Qadri, who returned to Pakistan last month after years in Toronto, accuses the government of being corrupt and incompetent, and says polls cannot be held until reforms are enacted.

He claimed to be leading one million people into Islamabad, where they will camp out on the streets until their demands are accepted.

"We will stay in Islamabad until this government is finished, all the assemblies are dissolved, all corrupt people are totally ousted, a just constitution is imposed, rule of law is enforced, and true and real democracy is enforced," Tahirul Qadri told AFP on Monday.

Despite the volatile law and order situation across the country and ignoring the threat of a terror strike, as claimed by the Interior Minister, the people have taken to the streets in huge numbers, forming a massive rally.

Tahirul Qadri has made three main demands to the government: reconstitute Election Commission of Pakistan; install impartial and honest caretaker government and; implement Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution which deals with the determination of eligibility of an electoral candidate.

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