- Qadri announces civil disobedience movement, asks police, civil servants not to obey high-ups’ orders, says he will announce date for revolution soon
Swinging his hands up in the air in his usual signature style, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri Thursday filled the city’s air with mischief as he announced the launching of “civil disobedience movement” to bring “revolution” in the country.
Addressing a press conference at Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Lahore on Thursday along with Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q)’s Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC)’s Hamid Raza and Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM)’s Allama Nasir Abbas, the PAT chief asked the police and civil employees to stop following the orders of what he called “unconstitutional rulers”.
The police and government officers should protect the country’s interest and not otherwise, Qadri asserted, head-banging to the tune of “change”.
Qadri vowed to end the current government’s rule, claiming that rulers’ days were numbered.
“We will kick them out,” he shouted.
While proposing a more “anarchic” way to resolve issues, the recently-returned expatriate said he would announce for a “constitutional and democratic revolution” in the next few days.
Referring to the politics of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, the Canada-based cleric said that the revolution he was proposing would not be through “tsunami” but on the basis of trust in Allah and with the backing of the people.
Responding to the dumbfounded faces of the journalists, Qadri said that he was sure about his plan. He said that there was no doubt about revolution in his mind and he will fulfil his commitment to revolution with the cooperation of all allies.
Qadri also rejected the Protection of Pakistan Bill saying the government wanted to use it against its political opponents.
In the meanwhile, PAT has started the establishment of people revolutionary councils at federal, provincial, divisional, tehsil and union council levels. This council will handle the administrative matter after revolution.