ISLAMABAD: After initial announcement of success, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri on Monday urged his workers to remain within the limits set by the Pakistan Army.
The PAT leader urged his workers not to occupy any state building. He appealed to his supporters after a mob occupied the Pakistan Television (PTV) building in the morning and ransacked property and transmission equipment. He stopped the workers from entering the Presidency, Prime Minister’s House or any other government building.
Earlier, claiming victory of the ‘Revolution March’ and ‘Azadi March’, the PAT chief said that they were in control of the entire Pakistan Secretariat and gate of the PM’s House and only formal announcement was to be made soon.
Addressing activists from his container, the PAT chief said that they had won the war with peaceful protests. He asked his workers not to allow the PM to flee the PM’s House. Qadri demanded the formation of a national government, which must carry out reforms and provide rights and justice to the people. He appealed to the people to come out of their homes and join the protest.
Earlier, there were clashes between the police and the protesters. Later, when thousands of protesters started moving towards Pakistan Secretariat, the police did not try to stop them marchers from entering different blocks of the secretariat. They further went ahead and gathered outside the gate of Prime Minister’s House.
The containers of Dr Tahirul Qadri and PTI Chairman Imran Khan remained in front of the cabinet block just only a few meters away from each other.
He said the police had left their check-posts and fled from the scene. Dr Qadri said the government representatives did not believe in constitution and rule of law. He said all of his workers had occupied major buildings in the capital. The protesters also entered the building of Pakistan Television. Dr Qadri, however, asked his workers to demonstrate patience and stay calm.
The PAT chief condemned rulers for plunging the country into huge debt. He said revolution was now imminent and the corruption would be wiped out of the country.
“The leaders will dig their own graves if more force is used against the peaceful protesters,” he warned.
Qadri said one could not find an example of a peaceful protest like this one. None of the protesters pelted a government building with a stone, he added. He said the Sharifs did not want to resolve the crisis through peace. They did not believe in supremacy of the constitution, instead they were plundering national wealth.
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