Sir: This letter is with reference to one of your citizens, Dr Tahirul Qadri, who with his more than 100 companions hijacked an international flight (Emirates EK-612) in Pakistan on July 23, 2014, and kept the plane and its passengers hostage for more than five hours. He plans to bring a revolution by toppling the democratically elected government in Pakistan.
Dr Qadri and his followers developed a law and order situation in Islamabad and Lahore with the result that more than 70 police officials landed in hospital.
Sir, your citizen created unnecessary chaos in Pakistan at a time when the Pakistan army is conducting an operation in North Waziristan. I do not believe that the arrival of Dr Qadri is a coincidence; there must be something on his mind to spoil the situation.
This is not the first time that this Canadian citizen has threatened to topple a democratically elected government in Pakistan. He did the same a year ago in January 2013 when he kept Islamabad hostage for nearly a week. Dr Qadri remained in a container while his blind followers survived the wintery season of heavy rains under the open sky. Then he demanded the resignation of an elected President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, along with his government to make way for a caretaker administration. Clearly Dr Qadri did not have the mandate to demand such things.
Moreover, we would like to know who is financing Dr Qadri in his revolution expedition. According to reports, his finances also come from Canada, which he is using to destabilize Pakistan.
Western countries often blame Pakistan for promoting terrorism, but when one of their own citizens is facilitating terrorism, no action is being taken against him. Hijacking is a serious issue and I hope the Canadian government will take legal action against Dr Tahir ul Qadri and his band of hooligans.
Muhammad Shabbir Sarwar