‘Two-faced’ Qadri was all praise for Indian PM, CM during 2012 Gujarat visit


A day after Dr Tahirul Qadri alleged that Indian spies were working in Sharifs’ factories and that Nawaz Sharif did not say anything on the arrest of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav, it emerged that the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief had once praised Indian Prime Minister Naredra Modi.

Indian media had reported that Tahirul Qadri on his first visit to Gujarat in 2012 thanked the chief minister Narendra Modi for the security arrangements provided to him. Qadri, known for his strong views against terrorism and extremism, however, refused to comment on 2002 communal riots, the India media had reported.

“It is my first visit to Gujarat and special Z-plus security arrangements have been made by the state. I thank the CM for this,” he said while referring to Modi’s hospitality.

On repeated questions about the 2002 communal riots, Qadri insisted he did not come to Gujarat to speak about specific incidents, but termed them as unfortunate.

At the time, Qadri had thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing him with security but the PAT leader did not say anything on the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.

Qadri had visited Indian state of Gujarat in 2012 for the inauguration of India headquarters of Minhajul Quran International in Karjan. He was provided with full security during his visit for which he thanked former Gujarat chief minister and incumbent Indian PM Narendra Modi.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Talal Chaudhry said that Qadri was a two-faced person, adding that he spoke of Pakistan when he possessed a Canadian nationality. He further said that Qadri mostly received funds from India, adding that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would soon provide details regarding his Indian funding.