Qadri sends 41-page resignation to speaker
LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri sent his resignation to National Assembly speaker Chaudhry Amir Hussain on Monday.
The 41-page resignation consists of four chapters titled ‘Political Corruption and Blackmailing’, ‘Undemocratic Democracy’, ‘Institutional Instability’ and ‘Failure of Accountability and Sabotage of National Assembly’. Mr Qadri said these were the main reasons which had pressed him to tender his resignation from the National Assembly. “I believe that the parliament can not play a role in the restoration and development of a true democracy. It is unfortunate that parliament has no agenda of its own and works for the accomplishment of the pre-ordained agenda of its creators,” Dr Qadri said in his resignation.
He said that after the military coup on October 12, 1999, General Pervez Musharraf announced his seven-point agenda, promising that he would rescue the country from its problems. General Musharraf promised that corruption would be eradicated from society by bringing those who looted the country’s wealth to justice through transparent accountability, said Mr Qadri, adding, General Musharraf also promised to clean up the political system, stabilise civil institutions, improve economy and bring true and real democracy in Pakistan. “It was because of such promises that I decided to support General Musharraf’s agenda, as I felt that this was a unique opportunity to clean up Pakistan once and for all.”
“The world saw that General Musharraf failed in implementing his agenda, so I had no choice but to withdraw my support for his government a few months before the October 2002 general elections,” claimed Mr Qadri.
He said that when the National Assembly passed The President to Hold Another Office Bill of 2004 on October 14, which allowed President Musharraf to keep the office of Chief of Army Staff and founded a presidential system in Pakistan. “In reality, this became the last straw after a catalogue of truly astonishing events that have occurred within the last two and a half years, which have shown absolute disrespect for the rule of law, by unfair and unjust parliamentary proceedings and lack of concern for the welfare of Pakistani people, Mr Qadri said.