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MQM indecisive over joining Qadri’s ‘Inqilab march’


LAHORE: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said on Friday his party was not certain to take part in Tahirul Qadri’s Inqilabi march on August 14.
“The extent to which we will be involved and the mechanisms we will use be brought forward in the coming days,” Haider said.
The MQM leader went on to add that the people were concerned about PTI’s August 14 Azadi March. However, he said that it was every political party’s right to stage protest, but not chaos.
Responding about Article 245, he said, “The impact of decisions of the prime minister and federal cabinet can only be spoken after results arrive. Paramilitary troops had already taken over parts of Islamabad to clear militants. Article 245 was issued later, and ideas of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar will come forward in time.”
Regarding the Model Town case, he said that he did not think such incident would occur in Lahore, adding, “if such a trend develops, it will be a point of concern. The incident should be a lesson for both provincial and federal government.”
In response about the possibility of mid-term elections, the MQM leader said, “I cannot say anything about this yet, because no concrete policy has been issued from MQM as yet. We will see how the situation develops accordingly.”
Meanwhile, an MQM delegation led by Hyder Abbas Rizvi called on Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul-Qadri at his residence to discuss issues relating the political scenario. Dr Tahirul-Qadri raised voice of ‘Green Revolution’ in consonance with principles anchored in the constitution.
MQM was the only party to attend the PAT’s public gathering on December 23, 2012 welcoming Dr Qadri on homecoming. Flying into Pakistan a few months ahead of May 11 general elections, Qadri demanded sweeping electoral reforms in the run up to the polls.MQM backed out of its commitment to attend the D-Chowk sit-in yet it continued Qadri’s support for his demands for electoral reforms. 

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