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9th August Pakistan Update

Thousands have gathered and many more are expected at the gates of Model Town, Lahore in the coming days. On the ground pitch-battles with heavily armed police ensues at the borders of Lahore. Late last night began the systematic arrest of PAT workers by the Punjab Police. Even with the assurances guaranteed by PAT President Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri of a non-violent uprising; it is evident that the heavy-handed police seem to have taken this ‘goodwill gesture’ as a sign of pacifism. The government has become even more desperate and brutal in its attempt to hold onto power as its influence and grip over the people dwindles.

Reports and eyewitness accounts have reported injured activists being denied hospital treatment as the government continues with its crackdown threatening medical staff. So far the police crackdown has led to the death of one activist with many more injured; one can only hope those responsible for this continuation and breach of human-rights will be brought to justice.

There are on-going negotiations between Imran Khan (PTI) and Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri (PAT) leading to growing optimism that an agreement will finally be reached. Furthermore rumours have already began to circulate with reports of 150 PTI supporters soon to arrive joining the revolution. If this is true and an alliance finally formed, then this truly is a momentous day in the history of Pakistan as we march towards revolution.

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“If Punjab Police Use Force and Violence…the 10th August 2014 the Day of Martyr’s will turn into the Day of Revolution” – Dr Qadri

On the 3rd of August 2014 Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri announced the 10th August a day of remembrance for the martyrs who lost their lives due to a police crackdown on the 17th of June 2014 whilst protecting the buildings of Minhaj-ul-Quran. http://blog.drtahirulqadri.com/post/89071278913/press-release-lahore-police-operation-update

During Dr Qadri’s 3rd August announcement he promised, on behalf of all his followers and supporters that no violence or force would be meted towards the police.

Take a step back into the history of Minhaj-ul-Quran’s workforce and that of Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Dr Qadri; you will find a proven track record of being law abiding activists keeping to a promise of tolerance and peace. Dr Qadri along with his supporters staged a 3 day sit-in in the nation’s capital on the 14th January 2013 in an attempt to bring about democratic change. The protest drew crowds upon thousands with Islamabad grinding to an absolute halt; yet, no violence was meted or warranted.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_March_%28Pakistan%29

Since the announcement on the 3rd of August 2014 for a Day of Remembrance scheduled for the 10th of August 2014, the surrounding areas of Minhaj-ul-Quran and Dr Qadri’s Model Town (Lahore) residency has been closed off by the police and nobody is allowed in or out. We have noticed a substantial increase in police presence in the area and it is feared Model Town will see a repeat of the 17th June massacre.

Police crackdown has already somewhat begun with the homes of Dr Qadri’s supporters being unlawfully raided without warrants. There are confirmed reports of an 8 year old child being arrested with further reports of police violence unravelling.This heavy-handed approach by the Punjab police is evidently clear for all to see.

Dr Qadri has encouraged his supporters who are taking to the streets of Punjab to remain vigilant. He has also warned the government of Pakistan and the Punjab Police that their efforts to stop the people of Pakistan attending the Day of Remembrance will turn the 10th of August into the Day of Revolution. History is testimony to when peaceful people with a high degree of tolerance are pushed and met with violence, a sense of injustice ensues and boils into a fully fledged revolution. The onus is on the government and police to show utmost restraint ensuring a peaceful transition towards democratic reform.

The breach of law and constitution of Pakistan at the hands of the Punjab police is evidence of a crumbling government. A web of deceit with repeated attempts at violence and corruption has led to a brewing revolution inside the hearts and minds of ordinary people, the government of Pakistan can sense this but they will be powerless to stop it.

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3rd of August Anouncement

Accountability and justice are the underlying foundational principles which ensure the efficacy of any democratic form of governance; however this is not the case in Pakistan. It is a matter of great misfortune that two and a half months on from the horrific scenes on Model Town in Lahore, the victims and families of victims are still awaiting for some form of justice. It is a sad state of affair that a country which chants justice and democracy from the rooftops has overlooked such a major breach of public protection, and till this day not one person has been held accountable for instructing the Punjab Police to resort to the use of force by opening fire and using extreme violence against unarmed innocent civilians.

The police are public servants to serve the nation, not to enforce the arbitrary will of a corrupt shameless government. The role of the police is to ensure the maintenance of law and order, ensure protection of citizens and their property however the state of Pakistan has failed these on innumerable occasions; as well as on innumerable levels. The state has failed to implement true democracy, corrupt rigged elections and an unfair electoral process has led to the dynastic politics of one family – the Sharif family.

The state of Pakistan has also been in violation of International law. The procedural requirements for the use of force are outlined in The United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and
Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials which stipulates that all security forces are required to comply with non-violent means before resorting to any use of force. Moreover the state has also failed in governance of the land by allowing the Punjab Police to wreak havoc in Model
Town on June 17th 2014; this was also a dramatic example of how corruption has seeped deeply into the bureaucracy and police force. In the aftermath of the Lahore Massacre, with
nobody being held accountable and failure to provide a fair and just justice system which is free from corruption, the government have displayed their incompetency.

Today marked a significant day for Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the people of Pakistan as timescales were finally given by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, that before the end of August, the world will be able to witness the toppling of the incumbent, unconstitutional and corrupt government. Cracks had already been made within the system from Dr Qadri’s arrival back into Pakistan on the 13th of December 2012. As well as timescales Dr Qadri has given firm instructions to workers to remains peaceful. On behalf of PAT, no violence or destruction will be instigated. However after the killings of workers on June the 17th, Dr Qadri has warned the government not to stop, or use violence against those travelling towards the memorial of the victims of the model town massacre which will take place on the 10th of August, or else there will be severe consequences.

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Extremist

What is an extremist? An extremist is a racist. You find extremists in all races, colours and creeds. Racism is something that is ingrained in every single human-being and it stems from the very beginning of human creation.  In other words every human-being has the potential to be an extremist i.e. racist. How did it all start? It all started in the beginning with Satan refusing to bow down to Adam (as) because one was made of clay and the other-one was made of fire. Satan argued with God, stating:

“I am better than he. You have created me from fire and You have made him from clay”

(QURAN 7:12).

Ultimately Satan would bow down to Allah but he would not bow down to Adam (as) because of his pride, it was his pride that led him to disobey Allah’s command. Satan compared himself to Adam (as) and considered himself to be superior. Similarly racists and extremists are supremacists in nature and consider themselves to be more superior to others. The challenge to mankind is to suppress and control this sense of supremacy because racism and extremism stems from Satan .

Look at the world around us today; we are engulfed with that same sense of extremism that has existed ever since the beginning of time. The only difference today is that we have a mass media whose favourite culprit ‘bogeyman’ is the Muslim. Is it fair to say Muslims are more extreme or racist than other people? Inherently I don’t think we are. Inherently I think we are just as extreme and racist as everybody else. However war and civil unrest coupled with poverty and lacklustre education has bred a disproportionate number of Muslim extremists in the Muslim World, giving us an unfair distribution of the world’s problems. We have an unfair share of extremism being further hampered by Muslim extremist being perpetrated by the mass media as the voice of Islam. The religion has been hijacked by Muslim Extremism and it is the job of every sane and responsible Muslim to educate oneself and reclaim the faith.

How is it that a religion that teaches:

And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah, lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do.

(QURAN 6:108)

In other words we as Muslims are instructed to not abuse other religions because if we do, Allah warns us that the non-Muslims will abuse Islam; therefore don’t abuse other religions. This doesn’t mean to say we cannot engage in healthy discussion and debate; but merely avoid derogatory insults and keep the conversations civilised. If we do not refrain from extremism in our speech and action we risk losing the battle with Iblis. More importantly as Godly people Islam forbids religious extremism for Muhammad (saw) said:

“…beware of going to extremes in religious matters, for those who came before you were destroyed because of going to extremes in religious matters…”

(SUNAN AN-NASA’I - 3059 [Sahih] )

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Revolutionary Ideology of Shaykh ul Islam Dr Tahir ul Qadri

It is no doubt that Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri, the former parliamentarian, an internationally renowned scholar and the leader of the mainstream political party ‘Pakistan Awami Tehreek’ has become the most discussed personality in Pakistan politics after the announcement of his return to Pakistan on 23rd June 2014 to lead a historical revolution. Dr Tahir ul Qadri who has been propagating the message of change and reform for decades draws support from the millions who are frustrated with the corrupt, monopolistic, elitist system of Pakistan which favours corruption over democracy, falsehood over truth and impedes progress in political and socio-economic fields. He came with the heartfelt message of change which touched the most grief stricken of hearts and pledged to improve the socio-economic welfare of the millions of Pakistanis frustrated with the system. However as the world was enthralled by the mammoth peaceful pro-democracy and anti-corruption march on 23rd December 2012 under the slogan of “Save the State, not Politics”, the nation became dubious of the unexpected re-emergence of Dr Tahir ul Qadri in the political arena of Pakistan. Praised and revered across all corners of the world, Dr Tahir ul Qadri is a man who is yet to be understood by his own nation. Therefore it would be beneficial to understand the revolutionary thought process of Dr Tahir ul Qadri which underpins his political struggle and later formed the basis of his revivalist organisation Minhaj ul Quran International.

It’s worth noting that that the desire for a revolution was not merely co-incidental or purely out of chance, but rather a continuation of the revolutionary ideology initially espoused in 1971. The theoretical initiation of a revolution began in 1971 when Dr Tahir ul Qadri outlined his revolutionary thought process in a diary he kept personal. Through a meticulous and rigorous study, Dr Tahir ul Qadri spent his youth understanding the revolutionary perspectives of the various figures in the past who changed the course of history.

Dr Tahir ul Qadri was greatly influenced by the revolutionary thoughts of Dr Burhan Ahmad Farooqi, a former lecturer at the University of Punjab. Dr Farooqi’s attitude towards revolution provided Dr Qadri a large insight into the purpose of revolution which further strengthened his desire for an Islamic revolution. He also studied Western revolutionists, such as Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin and Mao Tse-Tung, as well as studying key Islamic ideological authorities, such as Imam Ghazali, Shah Muhaddith Dehlawi, Mujaddid Al-Fisani and Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi. Although largely influenced by Karl Marx, the revolutionary thought of Karl Marx was mainly geared towards a working class revolution and thus his ideas on an economic revolution were impractical whereas Dr Tahir ul Qadri favoured a socio-economic revolution which would simultaneously reinstate Islamic ideals into the society of Pakistan.

Furthermore, Dr Tahir ul Qadri states that the study of Mao Tse-tung, the Chairman of China’s Communist Party (CCP) was a particular inspiration for him. Mai Tse-Tung was so clear and precise in his vision, dedicated and committed to his faith and ultimately believing that a people’s revolution was the definitive achievement of Sino-society. Yet sadly as a matter of misfortune Muslims had fallen prey to doubts and uncertainty. After having consulted the revolutionary ideologies of those before him, Dr Tahir ul Qadri also progressed further to study various figures in the more modern times such as Jamaluddin Afghani. Jamaluddin Afghani initially developed opportunities for Dr Tahir ul Qadri to begin to think of issues affecting the Muslim population. Also authorities such as Mufti Muhammad Abduhu, Allama Rasheed Raza and Hasan Al-Banna had been studied comprehensively by Dr Tahir ul Qadri. However the philosopher Allama Iqbal was a key inspiration for the reasons that he envisaged a democratic Islamic welfare state which would serve as a model for the rest of the Islamic world, he also provided Dr Tahir ul Qadri with the lesson of love for the Islamic state.

Dr Tahir ul Qadri wanted that a revolution take place in every aspect of life. That peace and prosperity became the norm of not only Pakistan but the entire Muslim world, that wealth and hard work became the asset of each and every person, for loyalty and commitment to become the self-adopted policy of each and every individual. If these principles were achieved the Islamic world would be able to unite and form an “Islamic Commonwealth.” Although a splendid thought, Dr Tahir ul Qadri knew that in order for a political revolution to succeed, struggle and strife was needed. Dr Qadri firmly believed that if these principles were re-instated into the society of Pakistan, it would only then be possible for the country to be given the platform of the head of all Islamic states and for the Deen –e- Haq to be revived in its purest form.

The practical struggle for revolution materialised in 1990 when Dr Qadri formed Pakistan Awami Tehreek (Pakistan People’s Movement). Dr Qadri worked as an opposition leader from 1990 onwards aiming to improve the social, economic, educational and the political situation in Pakistan. Soon after formation, Dr Qadri as the founding leader and chairman of Pakistan Awami Tehreek participated in the 1991 elections. However the 1991 elections proved to be corrupt, Dr Qadri pointed out glaring irregularities, electoral manipulation and mass rigging. Dr Qadri stated that the socio-economic development of the nation would not be able to progress if the leadership of Pakistan is not truly representative of the masses. Dr Qadri also espoused that any elections taking place under the corrupt elitist system would only further compound the social and economic problems of the country as well as dis-empower the nation. From 1989 to 1993, Dr Qadri worked as an opposition leader and was involved in all spheres of governmental affairs. A critical landmark for Pakistan Awami Tehreek was when Dr Qadri produced a conclusive working plan, which would enable Pakistan to implement an interest-free banking system. This plan was fully comprehensive and covered all spheres of economical transactions on a national and a transnational level. Shortly after the general elections of 2002, Dr Qadri was elected as a Member of the National Assembly of his Lahore constituent.

However shortly after appointment to the National Assembly, Dr Qadri’s became the first person in history to resign for the reasons which were stipulated in a comprehensive 60 page resignation letter. Dr Qadri was deeply disappointed at the grave travesty which was occurring on the Assembly floor as issues of national sovereignty were failed to be addressed. On his resignation letter, Dr Qadri outlined some of these issues such as the dismissal of the influence Constitution of Pakistan within the National Assembly, the absence of real democracy and the decrease in the ideal performance of the National Assembly. This failure in delivery was mainly due to the political corruption and blackmailing. The Assembly had begun working on a foreign agenda, and the so-called lawmakers had no will of their own, being guided by external agendas instead. Dr Qadri decided to leave the system altogether, it soon became apparent that the root cause of such problems was the flawed electoral elitist system which allowed for the registration of false votes and also bought spineless leaders in power who in turn embezzled the millions of rupees and were not representative of the masses. Dr Qadri nevertheless continued his struggle against the corrupt system.

Furthermore, on 23rd December 2012 Dr Qadri returned to Pakistan to lead an unprecedented pro-democracy and anti-corruption march under the slogan of “save the state, not politics” in protest of corruption and to restore the socio-economic rights of the masses oppressed under the current system. The historic gathering was followed by the Long March in Islamabad D-Chowk. Millions gathered in Islamabad to demand electoral reforms in compliance such as the judicial scrutiny of all Members of the National Assembly including electoral candidates which would be in accordance with Articles 61 & 62 of the Constitution of Pakistan. Delivering his speech to millions across the globe, Dr Qadri called for the end of terrorism, mismanagement and dynastic politics. On 17th January 2013 the Islamabad Declaration was signed by the Prime Minister obliging to the demands of Dr Qadri. The agreement stipulated conditions to implement not only electoral reforms under the guidance of a caretaker government, but also a scrutiny of electoral candidates in accordance with Articles 62 and 63. The government broke the treaty and instead of abiding by the clauses included, they made a mockery of every clause in the agreement, thus humiliating the constitution and also derailing the very thought of democracy.

Dr Qadri exhausted all available avenues under the current system, however sadly nothing has changed. The current monopolistic elitist system of Pakistan seems to be driving Pakistani society farther into a dark hole of corruption, terrorism and complete anarchy. Dr Qadri insists that only after a full political overhaul can real democracy prevail and benefit the masses. Thus many have answered the call to the revolution and the call for revolution echoes in the hearts of millions of Pakistanis so desperately wanting change. Dr Qadri has enunciated many times that the path of revolution has never been easy, it will require sacrifice and effort. Now is the time to stand against the forces of evil and oppression and support Dr Qadri in his call for a political overhaul.

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Democracy in Name Only

People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people. A quote which is widely used globally but possibly the most relevant in the state of Pakistan today. Politicians who are elected to serve their constituents, forget those exact people who bring them into power. Instead, billions are looted, extravagant shopping sprees are sought and everything is done, yes everything, but for their own vested interests, and not for anyone else. This may well be a controversial and hard hitting statement, but our nation is democratic in name only.

Let us use a universal term to define what democracy really is. The world renowned Oxford Dictionary recognises a democracy as a ‘a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

The Democracy Index has identified 3 different types of democracy, which include full democracy, flawed democracy; this is where the system is partially democratic and partially dictatorial, and the last is hybrid regimes; this is where elections are dictated. It is unfortunate that the country of Pakistan, which was built upon the principles of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, has fallen to such low levels that it’s democratic structure is now classified as a ‘hybrid regime’. It is made to look like a democracy, it certainly sounds like one, the agenda of democracy is down our throats, but it is anything but that.

Compare the vision of the father of this nation all those years ago with what we are witnessing today and it would make the strongest of hearts melt. Quaid once quoted that, Democracy is in the blood of Muslims, who look upon complete equality of manhood [mankind]…[and] believe in fraternity, equality and liberty. Our founding father went further and remarked, “Pakistan is made for the betterment of the people living in it. People will themselves select their

Leader and it’s the responsibility of the Leader to fulfill the needs of the people and work day and

night for this Motherland.”- Put all our political, religious, social attachments to one side and look at the reality. Have we as a nation fulfilled the dreams and hard work of Quaid-e-Azam?

As the political tensions boiled over in Thailand recently, one analyst observed that, “we’re in serious danger of becoming a democracy in name only”  as the “power has become so concentrated in the top echelons of society that the remaining millions are left wondering how it went so wrong, and quickly”. Those so called champions of democracy no longer need to listen to anyone else. It is not a new argument, but it is hard to argue that The poor, who are suffering from an all-out depression, are never heard from. In terms of their clout, they might as well not exist.

Many have argued and will continue to that until Pakistan elects a charismatic, influential and trustworthy leader nothing will change. You hear it time and time again, so and so is corrupt and that is why we are in this plight. However, look more closely to the surface and the problem of consecutive failed leaders is just the tip of the iceberg. It is the system which is the problem and not the leader. Do not get me wrong, the leaders Pakistan has elected in the past or those who have usurped power have hardly set the world alight. Nonetheless, it is the system itself which has given such individuals, the opportunity to be seated on such prestigious thrones.

The structure currently in place heavily safeguards the rights and interests of the rich aristocrats and continually marginalizes against the poor. It has always protected the 5 to 10% elite in society and sheltered their vested interests at the expense of the rest of the population. The laws made are always passed to favour the rich and their political and social aspirations whilst the poor’s interests, needs and demands are scarcely highlighted, fought for or even openly discussed on various platforms. A clear example of this can be seen as recently as the 2014 Budget carpeted out in Parliament for the populace of Pakistan. It is all a fantasized drama, and the promises made by politicians in today’s day and age, are nothing more than token gestures which are clearly hollow and never followed through.

The irony is that money is there. Anyone who tells you that Pakistan cannot be a prosperous nation is a clear liar. The billions of reserves (all eaten up), the hundreds of billions in Swiss banks, the natural resources and the jazbah of the awam puts to bed the idea that Pakistan is a country which was/is poor and always will be at the behest of handouts. The money which is available is never utilized for the correct projects. Why does Lahore need a Bullet Train. Likewise why does Rawalpindi need a Metro Bus. These after all are luxuries. You may think, hang on, it is public transport. In turn I agree. However when in excess of 40% are living under the poverty line, gas and electricity is hardly available, security is a mass concern and inflation as well as expense is at an all time high, are buses and trains really the solution?

How can people live in a country and expect it to succeed and flourish when corruption when basic necessities are viewed upon as luxuries. In three simple words, corruption, corruption and more corruption. The exact people that make the laws and those who are tasked in implementing these legislation are themselves the most corrupt. Corruption therefore breeds further corruption and it then trickles down to the common man whereby it is viewable in sports, business, religion, trading, industry and so forth. Further still wages do not reflect the inflation in the country. Everything has increased in price whether it is food, gas, petrol, electricity, land yet the wages have not increased in time. A measly 12,000 rupees per month was the promise from the government to the average person per month. Forget about prospering as a nation currently, people are unable to keep their head afloat at this bleak time.

This therefore goes to show that the election of a leader or political party cannot bring about the change that is craved. A lot more is required than just one leader being changed. With the current system in place, even 10 elections will not bring about the required level of transformation which can take Pakistan out of the abyss it is currently engulfed in. It is the system which needs reform and not who is sitting pretty as the Prime Minister or President in the coming years. And until the nation realizes this and stands up for what is their democratic right nothing will change.  We live in a state where equality, freedom of speech and peaceful co-existence is still a dream despite this all being promised to us upon independence.

Until we do not stabilize our country and have stringent accountability in all forms there is no point holding any further elections as nothing will be amended. It is evident that the farcical election of 2013 was carried out under false pretenses. Rigging was rife, threats were apparent and corruption was visible for all to see. Yet all this was apparently accepted. Why? For a successful change it is not enough that there is just discontent. What is required is a profound and thorough conviction of the justice, necessity and importance of political and social rights. We are not talking about revolution as it is perceived in current times. We need a social revolution, a political revolution, an academic revolution, a moral revolution and most importantly a revolution of the mind. This across the board change will only occur when the people whose rights have been discarded and trampled on, stand up and no longer accept such a totalitarian regime.

With all that has been mentioned above, was it really that controversial stating that Pakistan is indeed a democratic state in name only?  A “Government of the people, by the people, for the people? I think not. ”66 years ago a leader was in search of a nation. 66 years on a nation is in search of a leader. Is there anyone out there? Only time will tell.

Umar Naveed

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The 23rd of June

Early morning on 23rd June 2014, Islamabad bound Emirates flight EK612 was forced to change its course after not being given permission to land at its original destination. The flight carrying Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri was diverted to Lahore after encircling the skies of Islamabad for some forty minutes.

Dr Qadri’s announcement of his return into Pakistan early on in June had clearly caused shockwaves in the Pakistani government. Bold statements made by Dr Qadri on bringing a populist revolution into the state of Pakistan, paired with an effective ten point agenda on how to bring these changes, sent the government into a frenzy. Statements from cabinet ministers who lashed out stating “we will hang you upside down” were direct threats to Dr Qadri. Scenes in Model Town, Lahore was a further aggression to convey the same message. The government’s tall claims of prosperity soon started to fall short as they not only failed to take any concrete actions to remedy the massacre, but made claims for a judicial commission, which in other words means is to brush things under the carpet. Any real accountability for the government’s responsibility to protect it’s citizens was non-existent. The government failed to address who ordered the Punjab Police’s destructive rampage outside Minhaj-ul-Quran secretariat, and the home of Dr Qadri which killed 15, and injured at least 80 supporters. Furthermore, it failed to address the role of non-state actors associated with the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi; and the sensational Gullu Butt, a symbol of Pakistan’s nasty political culture.  

From these scenes in Lahore it is became apparent that the PML-N government was prepared to show no mercy towards those who questioned their authority. Yet despite all the criticism, it had learnt little as Dr Qadri’s supporters arrived to Islamabad to welcome their leader, the government conducted another brutal crackdown which sent many critically in hospital and others unlawfully arrested. The condemnations increased from various political parties. Dr Qadri’s supporters are well known for their unprecedented peaceful activism which was displayed in the four-day ‘Long March’ sit-in at the capital Islamabad. Yet the government had deployed new dirty tactics to blame workers of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Dr Qadri’s political party.

With the private TV channels broadcasting every movement of Dr Qadri’s plane, the intentions of the government became evident. Once the aircraft had landed at Lahore, Dr Qadri and his followers had quite tactically refused to leave the aircraft as he claimed that government’s politically-motivated diversion constituted hijacking. Dr Qadri kept requesting the armed forces to ensure security, as he did not trust the PMLN government which brutally massacred his supporters a week ago.  Dr Qadri claims the government uses terrorist outfit’s as their Gestapo.  

The refusal of Dr Qadri to leave the aircraft had allowed sufficient time for his supporters to gather outside Lahore airport. The government had miscalculated the diversion thinking he would have no supporters waiting in Lahore, yet Dr Qadri had expected this. At this point the government started alleging ‘hijacking’ by Dr Qadri, and wanted to use this as a pretext to carry out a bloody operation inside the aircraft.  This was becoming an international issue and any such action against Dr Qadri could result in total chaos across the country. The establishment had thus decided to discretely intervene through Governor Sindh Ishrat-ul-Ibad who negotiated with Dr Qadri, and the Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar, once a British MP, who escorted Dr Qadri. During this emergency, it was as though the Governor Punjab had exercised his discretionary power which allowed him to override the authority of the Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif.  

The government’s threats to arrest or deport Dr Qadri had failed abysmally. Soon Dr Qadri was walking freely as he visited his injured party workers at Jinnah Hospital with the Governor Punjab and his escort team. He arrived at his Secretariat where his party workers were killed, where he once again threatened the government that the revolution is near.

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Pakistan Update – Diverted Flight and Aggravation

Whilst thousands of peaceful and law abiding citizens are waiting to greet there leader Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri in Islamabad, outside the airport they made it clear that they had no intentions of entering the airport. They just wanted to wait and see Dr Qadri, and that is what they did. It was only until moments before Dr Qadri’s flight was due to land, police aggravated the people by shelling and showering tears gas onto the peaceful people, driving them closer to the airport. This is no democracy where the police of a state have political motives. This is not the police of Pakistan’s, this is the police of PML-N, and the ruling

In addition to this amidst the chaos caused by the police, the commercial Emirates flight, EK612 was left circulating the skies of Lahore for 30 minutes before news spread that the flight had been diverted to Lahore international airport. This in flight diversion has caused upheaval and suspicion as there has been no genuine reason given for the in flight diversion, it has become widely accepted that the motives behind the diversion of this commercial flight have been solely political.

Dr Qadri has addressed the press directly, from within EK612, saying that other passengers who have traveled with them have come to Pakistan to land in Pakistan, and that as a Pakistani citizens; it is there right to land in its capital city of Islamabad. They have said that the biggest threat to security and threat to terror is the ruling elites Nawaaz and Shahbaz Shareef. And for now, Dr Qadri is not leaving the Emirates EK612 until it has taken him to the destination it has set out for. Dr Qadri has communicated through the international media that has traveled with him on the EK612 that they have no trust in the security measures, and that until army officials come to to escort him, he will not leave the plane whilst in Lahore. 

Meanwhile in Lahore, outside of Allama Iqbal international airport, Pakistan Awaami Tehreek supporters have gathered in force to peacefully protest. Dr Qadri has sent a message to his supporters who are showing street power to remain peaceful, keep there protests where they are, and have repeated there is to be “No violence, no violence, no violence”.

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Pakistan Update – Suppressing The Voices

Freedom of speech has always been considered a basic human right and as a democratic country, the state of Pakistan also has freedom of speech and freedom of press, sewn into its laws and constitution. Article 19 of Pakistan’s constitution clearly reiterates “Every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press”.

However, despite this basic human right, and a right that Pakistan, as a state gives to its people, Pakistan has put a limit of the freedom of speech and movement within the country.

As the hour of Dr Qadri’s arrival dawns upon Pakistan, the government have continued their cowardice moves to suppress the nation by closing off routes into the capital, Islamabad where Dr Qadri is due to arrive, and also putting a 15 day ban on Pakistan’s largest news broadcaster. In addition to this, cellular networks are down, and there is a high risk that Facebook and twitter will also be banned in the next few hours.

With such violations to individuals freedom of speech, movement and information has caused the Pakistani people to flood the streets of Islamabad to be able to welcome the leader of the revolution they desperately need. Police have used force and shelling to diffuse the public of Pakistan who have taken to the streets peacefully. A large, unnecessary and inhumane level of force is being used against supporters who are non-violent, amongst the victims of such brutality are journalists, who are getting the truth out to the world.c Alongside this, 500 leaders of Pakistan Awaami Tehreek have been arrested, with no particular, lawful reason.

The government is currently trying its utmost best to try stopping people from gaining information on Dr Qadri’s, through its cowardice acts. However the government has forgotten a fundamental aspect of revolution. The TV channels can be silenced, but can the revolution be silences? You can arrest a person, but you can’t arrest the revolution.



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Dr Qadri Is Coming To Pakistan

Just shy of 24 hours before the highly anticipated arrival of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri into Pakistan, the government has continued on its path of destruction.

The police began arresting Pakistan Awaami Teheeek’s top leadership without providing any reasons in early hours of the morning across many cities in Pakistan. This is beginning to stir the emotions as the situation has already been sensitive since the unexplainable murders, tortures and abduction of many peaceful people in Lahore by the punjab police.

It is clear that the government has fallen short of excuses to continue running the country under such a corrupt leadership, and Dr Qadri’s calls for a corruption free and real democratic Pakistan is a threat to the ruling elite’s power.

As the situation continues to bubble, Dr Qadri has warned the government that continuing such mindless and barbaric actions, and causing any problems and issues to his arrival into Pakistan will only aggravate the people of Pakistan more. The terror tactics employed by the corrupt politicians will draw revolution into the land quicker than anyone could anticipate. As the realisation of how unconstitutional and undemocratic the government and system of Pakistan dawns upon the nation it is causing a rift of realisation and motivation for the system for actual change.

Roads, public transport and communication networks are being completely cut off in and around Islamabad. Upon leaving from Heathrow airport today, Dr Qadri sent a message to the people of Pakistan to not come out to welcome him, but come out to welcome the change, and revolution they desperately needed.

Dr Qadri in coming to Pakistan. Revolution is coming with him.

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Lahore Police Operation Aftermath

Five days on from the brutal Lahore police attacks, the nation has been left with a haunting aftermath and an abundance of unanswered questions around such a tragedy

To date, the media has reported 14 deaths. However this figure is just the figure of bodies which have been recovered and handed back. In addition to this, on the 17th of June, in excess of 150 people went missing, who have not been accounted for, despite the families of the missing individuals, being pushed from one police station to another. Families of the unaccounted for individuals have proclaimed that many of their loved ones which have gone missing are women, children and elderly. In addition to this, 80 people are critically injured and in hospital not receiving adequate medical treatment for punctures to their bodies, the Punjab Police’s shower of bullets caused on them. Shockingly, today a further 20 people have been brought into hospital with critical medical conditions, and wounds which are going to cause lifetime disabilities, all obtained as a result of being victims to brutal torture.

Amidst such anarchy which has left the streets of Lahore covered in the blood of the unarmed workers arise questions as to why such terror and brutality thundered down onto Pakistan Awaami Tehreek workers for 17 hours without intervention.

The people of Pakistan, the media and all those looking into Pakistan internationally, have questioned why the police, whose role is to protect the streets, caused so much chaos and where the orders to do so came from.

A fact which can be verified with police personnel across Pakistan who did not partake in this terrorising operation could verify that without prior consent from the high authorities such as the federal law or chief minister, no police personnel can, or have the right to use force. This highlights that authority from a higher level would have had to have come before such an operation could be carried out. Thus authorisation and instruction from one of the Punjab government’s minister’s was a necessity before several hundreds of police officers could shower civilians in bullets.

The media and people of Pakistan have been searching for accountability for such a mammoth disturbance in the peace of Lahore. Looking towards the ruling body of Punjab for answers, ministers in power have fallen short of giving concise answers as to exactly what happened and why. each holding their hands up to say it was not them that gave the order. The question arises, if it wasn’t the chief ministers of Punjab that gave Punjab Police the authority to carry out such a mass murder, who did? In addition to this, if they did not give authority to cause the operation, why did they not give the authority to stop the police operation? Why did it government sit back and watch 17 hours of disturbance, violence and a shower of bullets, did they not have the power to stop such a mass murder?

With such large inconsistencies, lies and a severe lack of accountability on this Lahore massacre conducted by the police, there no doubt left about the fact that Pakistan has become a lawless land. The judiciaries and high courts, the systems, the governing bodies and the police have failed to provide protection to the people of Pakistan. Pakistan has become a state where the ruling elite are immune to the law of the land; where the police, whose duty is to keep the streets of the country peaceful are spilling the blood of innocent people.


This is no democracy, this is anarchy, and with only one day to go for the much anticipated arrival of Dr Qadri, into the heart of Pakistan, these events have shaken the nation. This incident has caused the hearts of the population of Pakistan to ache, and is continuing to cause extremely suspicious behavior from the government.


By Haleema Ghafar

(Photo of unarmed civilian being brutally beaten by Punjab Police force on the 17th of June 2014, at the Minhaj-ul-Quran Secretariat, Lahore)

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PRESS RELEASE: Lahore Police operation update

Lahore, Pakistan – The Punjab police carried out a brutal massacre against the workers of a mainstream political party, Pakistan Awami Tehreek headed by Dr Tahir ul Qadri at the Lahore residential area of Model Town - Minhaj-ul-Quran International Headquarters. On the morning of 17th July 2014 at 2am, an unconstitutional operation commenced amidst the coveted darkness as the Punjab Police force thundered down to the Minhaj-ul-Quran Secretariat, and the home of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri to haul down the security barriers around both buildings. Following the unlawful attack, approximately 30+ unarmed innocent civilian supporters of Dr Qadri have been martyred (including women/ children) & over 200 people are in critical condition.

The Police operation was an unconstitutional and an illegal attempt to destabilise the security conditions around the house of Dr Tahir ul Qadri by forcefully removing the safety barriers. The safety barriers were legally approved by the High Court via a formal court ruling a few years prior. The barriers were initially created to provide effective security to Dr Tahir ul Qadri soon after the launching of his hugely popular and successful anti-terrorism Fatwa condemning terrorist activity and proclaiming Kharijite’s as strictly out of the fold of Islam. The Punjab Police was also provided with the relevant documentation by the workers of PAT upon request thereby verifying their unlawful entry onto the premises.

Pakistan Awami Tehreek workers who had attempted to resist police demolition of security barriers constructed by PAT outside the house of Dr Qadri were subject to a brutal attack, reports include 2 women being amongst the murdered. The Punjab Police have been using tear gas, constant firing and a significant level of force against unarmed innocent civilian supporters of Dr Qadri. The constant attacks by the police turned the grounds of Minhaj-ul-Quran, Lahore, into a battle field. Local media also reported that the Punjab Police force prevented dozens of injured civilians to reach local hospitals to receive urgent medical treatment and attention. Those wounded who were denied medical care by the local medical authorities were taken back to Minhaj-ul-Quran Headquarters. Furthermore the terrorist police also attacked the residence of Dr Qadri with a bulldozer and deployed heavy machinery in an attempt to destroy the infrastructure. Guards of PAT were on the roof but had been prevented from retaliating the attacks in order to avoid further unwanted aggression. As the aggression continued the Police continued to use brutal force for the following 10 hours increasing the number of injured significantly. The workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek have responded to the brutal attacks with peaceful resilience simultaneously disallowing the Police force to draw closer to the security barriers. Local media reported that PAT workers resisted the police action by pelting them with stones as a form of defence.

The unexpected attack by the Punjab Police has been a blatant violation of Article 38 (a) of the Constitution which encapsulates “the state shall secure the well-being of the people”. What comes as an even greater surprise is that the heinous attack by the Punjab Police force on unarmed innocent civilian population has not received adequate condemnation by the federal or provincial government. In attacking the peaceful PAT protesters, the Pakistan government has also been in violation of International law. The procedural requirements for the use of force are outlined in The United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials which stipulates that all security forces are required to comply with non-violent means before resorting to any use of force.

In a separate press conference on 17th June 2014 following the unlawful operation, Dr Qadri addressed senior state officials, the federal and provincial authorities, the media and the armed forces. Dr Qadri appealed to the Pakistan government to control the anarchic situation and take effective control of the territory so as to disallow any unconstitutional and illegal measures against PAT workers. We condemn terrorism in all forms, whether these attacks are carried out by insurgents, security forces or our own government. It is truly a sad state of affairs that those individuals, who are responsible for the protection of its own citizens, are the ones carrying out such savage and ruthless attacks in the name of democracy and freedom of speech.

By: Misbah Wahid (Bradford)

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On 29th December 2013 the Pakistani Awami Tehreek will lead a rally in Lahore for the implementation of Article 38 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

On 29th December 2013 the Pakistani Awami Tehreek will lead a rally in Lahore for the implementation of Article 38 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

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Pakistan is a victim of a #FakeDemocracy

Pakistan is a victim of a #FakeDemocracy

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"The government has no long term vision or planning for Pakistan to progress. It is destroying the nation through it’s corrupt schemes. #FakeDemocracy"

— Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri