LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri said on Thursday that he was shell-shocked to hear the report regarding Imran Khan’s demands which Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Amir Siraj-ul-Haq conveyed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, reported by local TV channels.
Talking to a reporter of local TV, he said the Imran Khan’s demands surprised him; but, the PAT was unflinchingly committed with the call for revolution.
The government lodged an FIR over a mere speech; but, it had thus far disallowed an FIR over 14 murders in Model Town tragedy, Dr. Qadri said.
Commenting on his telephonic conversation with former President and co-chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari, Dr. Qadri asserted the former president did not ask him to delay the Revolution March. Moreover, Zardari condemned the present crackdown across Punjab by the provincial government, he added.
“Asif Zardari’s conversation concerned the democracy in the country. But, I told him that this is not a democratic dispensation, instead, it is monarchy,” Dr. Qadri said.
Replying to a query, he said, “It did not occur to me to invite him to attend the revolution march.”
Giving details of crackdown by Punjab government, Tahirul Qadri said the police are brutally bearing down on the PAT activists, adding 150 police personnel stormed the houses of workers in various cities including Faisalabad, Jhang, Vehari and Khanewal.
The law will take revenge from each and every policeman who committed wrongs against the PAT workers, he warned.
“It is not democracy to unleash atrocities on political workers and slap their women in brazen violation of sanctity of private life. Even hands of a PAT worker’s aunt were broken,” he observed, vowing the revolution cannot be stopped with any sort of barbarism.
Reaffirming that ‘We cannot be frightened with the arrests, Dr. Qadri asserted, “The rulers should respect humanity, if they cannot honor the Constitution. This is war between the oppressor and the oppressed. The poor will emerge victorious in this conflict.”
“The behavior of the rulers has necessitated the revolution. Qisas will be taken through law and courts,” he continued.
Tahirul Qadri remarked the rulers are completely destitute in democratic and human approach, warning the police personnel involved in wrongs, would not be spared and the law would be invoked to punish them in complete consonance with the gravity of their offence.
He advised the police personnel to act as human beings, as “You will not be spared with no one around to save your skin.”
Giving message to his workers, Dr. Qadri advised them to remain steady and adamant in their struggle, which will come to fruition.
Responding a question regarding the filing of cases against him and workers, the PAT chief said the lodging of cases was an abundant testimony of the victory, adding Yaum-e-Shuhada or Revolution March will take place as scheduled; no cancellation or delay is on the cards.
He said “We are in process of consultation with our allies over the issue. Terrorism and hooliganism cannot stem the course of revolution.”