Hundreds of thousands of people rallied with bated breath, as millions were glued to their TV sets anticipating the final message of the revolutionary leader Dr Tahir Ul Qadri. Supporters of the egalitarian and socio-economic agenda of the PAT chief, ex-parliamentarian and world renowned constitutional expert gathered awaiting the landmark address. Suspense reached new heights in the sit ins, almost bringing the political arena of Pakistan to a momentary halt. Gazes were fixed on the stage whilst the masses awaited to hear the landmark speech of their saviour.
Showing solidarity to Pakistan Tehreek –e- Insaaf (a political party in Pakistan led by Imran Khan also staging a protest in constitutional avenue) Dr Qadri initiated his landmark address by paying a remarkable tribute to the supporters of PTI. Dr Qadri went further to term them as political “cousins” as their deep-rooted struggle for change is one the supporters of PAT can relate to.
Furthermore, elucidating on the condition of the poor, impoverished and downtrodden in society, Dr Qadri re-iterated that the oppressed masses form more than half of Pakistan. These masses spend their entire life in an impoverished state, and hardly have access to even one meal a day. Dr Qadri described the poor in Pakistan as being an island surrounded by a roaring ocean of the rich, who would constantly snatch their rights away from them. Dr Qadri noted how remarkable it was, that despite the many hurdles, hundreds and thousands had still managed to reach the mass sit ins to express their discontent with the incumbent political situation. Informing the masses, Dr Qadri also revealed how Pakistan is rich in natural resources, however, the corrupt politicians had exploited the land for their own vested interests. Outlining his vision for the future of Pakistan, Dr Qadri made it clear that he envisages Pakistan to be the embodiment of peace and prosperity which was received amidst the peaceful protestors chanting: “Go Nawaz Go” signalling their hatred and deep discontent towards the current corrupt system, and heartily welcoming Dr Qadri’s revolutionary ideas.
Dr Qadri went on to speak about the first 40 articles of the constitution. He compared the constitution to a cheque given by the founding fathers of Pakistan. Dr Qadri communicated to the listeners that the constitution promised social, economic and political justice and basic fundamental rights to every Pakistani citizen. According to Dr Qadri, this cheque had bounced every time an attempt at cashing it was made. Dr Qadri’s metaphor clearly reflects the condition of Pakistan and the non existent rights that every citizen was supposed to have. Unveiling the socio-economic crisis the country is currently facing, Dr Qadri went on to explain that for decades Pakistan has been grossly under-invested in education and the socio-economic rights of the masses, thus revealing how the corrupt politicians have failed to preserve the sanctity of the Constitution by denying the rights enshrined in the esteemed document.
During the electrifying message to the tremendous amount of protestors, news channels began to circulate reports of an FIR that had been filed. The media had obtained the written FIR document that had recently been registered. As the call for the sunset prayer was sounding, A stroke of legal genius by Dr Qadri, he scanned the FIR document, given to him by Pakistani Awaami Tehreek officials. Immediately, it became apparent that section 7, anti-terrorism act was not included in the FIR which would enable the prosecution to exhibit as evidence the telephonic communication between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Dr Qadri pointed this out straight away and it became crystal clear that the Lahore Massacre was an act of terrorism, against the innocent workers of Pakistani Awami Tehreek and NGO organisation Minhaj Ul Quran international. Innocent civilians were beaten, shot, and arrested by Punjab police in an orchestrated attack that was controlled and commanded by Shabaz Sharif and others that the FIR was registered against. Dr Qadri rejected this FIR and said that any FIR that has to be filed will be registered in front of the media and in the presence of Dr Qadri’s lawyers.
Dr Qadri ended his captivating address by reiterating his message of peace and tolerance. He articulated on sectarianism and extremism within Pakistan and explained to the nation, that if they wanted to be a great democratic power, sectarianism and extremism must be totally eradicated from the society. At the peak of his speech, Dr Qadri presented his visionary agenda for Pakistan once again, emphasising the need for an impartial national government and legitimate democratic reforms in line with the constitution given by the creators of Pakistan. As the crescendo of the public raising slogans of ‘long live Tahir’ filled the air, Dr Qadri promised to return to address the eagerly awaiting audience once again.
On Dr Qadri’s return, he had some positive news for the crowd. The Pakistani army had contacted Dr Qadri and asked if he would accept the chief of army staff to act as a facilitator and guarantor for negotiations between himself, Imran khan, and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. Dr Qadri obtained permission from the protesters who agreed on negotiations which would last 24 hours. Dr Qadri has taken the cheque of the constitution to the banks and the hope is that this time the vaults of democracy will cash true democratic rights for every citizen of Pakistan.