ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has given 48 hours deadline to the prime minister to wrap up his government and dissolve assemblies, saying the sit-in has been converted into revolution and after the expiry of the deadline he would not be responsible for anything that could happen.
In an emotional speech to the charged crowd of his supporters at the red zone here on Monday evening, Dr Qadri said that he has taken the second and last bath during the sit-in today with the intention to embrace martyrdom. While raising the shroud, he declared that it would either be used by him after ‘martyrdom’ or the rule of Nawaz Sharif would be enveloped in it.
Qadri said that he wanted to give 24 hours deadline, but as the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did big things on Wednesdays, so he too decided to follow the Sunnah and for the revolution. He regretted over the insensitivity of the state institutions and said that none had listened to the sufferings of the oppressed people. He said that he can no more see the sufferings of the revolutionary marchers undergoing since August 14.
He described the parliament, the prime minister, chief ministers and ministers as ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘immoral’ after the disclosure of retired additional secretary of the Election Commission Afzal Khan that the elections were massively rigged. He said that the government used dialogue for wastage of time. He said that the constitution of the Election Commission under Article 213 of the constitution was illegal as it was done through political wheeling dealing.
He said that leaders of different political parties who came to see him including Syed Khursheed Shah, MQM and others also admitted the mistakes. Qadri asked Imran Khan that after the disclosure by Afzal Khan, there was no need for investigation into rigging of the last election. He warned Nawaz Sharif to dissolve assemblies before his deadline expires.
The PAT chief also demanded the chief minister of Punjab to make public the report of the commission on Model Town tragedy. He also called for publication of the dissenting notes of the two members of the intelligence agencies who were part of the 10-member joint investigation team. He demanded registration of an FIR into the Model Town tragedy and arrest of those named in the commission report.
Concluding his address, Qadri asked the people to come out of their homes and join the ‘revolution phase’ and said that those sitting back would be considered supporters of the usurpers.