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7th September | New Social Contract for Real Democracy | #StatusQuoVsOppressed

As Pakistan was hit by the devastating floods of 2010 over four years ago, the country faced havoc and destruction with the floods leaving hundreds dead and thousands of homes destroyed. The same scenes are being repeated again, as heavy rain, has caused yet another flood disaster. With Pakistan’s history of flooding, the people of the nation are pointing their fingers towards the government, raising the question, what has the government done in order to prevent flooding? In pointing out the governments glaring incapability of dealing with natural disasters, PAT leader Dr Qadri appealed to PAT workers and people of Pakistan to come forward and play their role in rescue, relief & rehabilitation efforts for the flood victims. He said that our people are in trouble and it is our individual and collective responsibility to help them in this hour of trial and tribulation.

Public dissent is rapidly growing as the masses raise concerns about the principles that the nation was founded upon, for which their fore fathers gave their lives. People want change and the only beacon of light is Dr Qadri. Protestors demanding revolutionary change have now been at the capital Islamabad for 24 days. Dr Qadri’s talk today was based on why revolutionary change cannot be achieved through the Parliament of Pakistan. Dr Qadri highlighted that people have been deceived time and time again by the members of the assembly. Politicians within the parliament only work for their own gains. Dr Qadri exposed that recently, MNA’s have given themselves a pay rise of 200% whilst wages for a regular service man has hardly increased.

Dr Qadri further disclosed the selfish acts of the rulers of Pakistan by shedding light on medical bills, when Dr Qadri was a MNA, he saw official records of many members of parliament that have claimed expenses from the assembly for their own operations and for members of their family. Dr Qadri also exposed that the miserly leaders even submitted expenses for a headache tablet or cough syrup. Dr Qadri stated that this money is supposed to be for the betterment of the people of Pakistan; however these egotistic rulers are only concerned with increasing their own wealth, at the expense of the citizens of Pakistan.

Furthermore, Dr Qadri stated that the Parliamentary system is manned by interest groups and status quo forces that are out to protect their perks and privileges and also clarified that what passes off as a system in the country is not democracy but a system of oppression & compulsion. He said that rulers suspended 23 police officials over killing of their peacocks but did not take any action on the killing of 14 people. He said that the system of this country breeds and perpetuates corruption in the country. He emphasized that these rulers do not have any mandate as they came to power through fake elections.

Dr Qadri said that we want a new social contract in this country, adding that we reject present social contract which has died its own death as people remain disenfranchised and powerless. In explaining the validity of a mandate to the swarms of peaceful protesters present, Dr Qadri said that a mandate is a reciprocal contract between the voters and the voted in. If the party voted in does not fulfil the duties expected by the voters then the mandate is rescinded. The mandate guarantees the provision of socio-economic equality and parity however the mere fact that the mandate is not delivered interprets the current rule as unconstitutional.

Appealing to the masses to wake up from their slumber, Dr Qadri asked the Pakistani nation to rise and learn to fight oppression. He said how can anyone vote freely if he does not have access to food, clothes, and residence? He expounded that real democracy cannot prevail in Pakistan unless all people are equal before law and have equal access to political participation.

In concluding his historic address, PAT leader Dr Qadri reiterated that the forthcoming revolution will be democratic, peaceful and constitutional. Despite promise after promise made to the people of Pakistan, none of the promises have materialised. The increase in the swarms of peaceful protesters in the revolutionary sit-in can only be translated as an increasing discontent with the incumbent corrupt and exploitative political system. Dr Qadri made it clear that he will go down fighting but would not budge even an inch from his mission of fighting for socio-economic equality for the masses. Undeterred by the fear of death at the slightest, Dr Qadri continues to fight on for restoration justice and prosperity of the masses in the country. The nation has rallied behind Dr Qadri envisaging that a total revolution of the current system will change the future of Pakistan and will grant people their basic constitutional rights in a society starved from socio-economic justice.

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6th September | Pakistan Celebrates Defence Day | #DefenceDay

6th of September is celebrated each year as the Defence of Pakistan Day. Delving briefly into the history behind this, it was on this day in 1965, that India launched its forces and attacked Pakistan across the international border without a warning or a declaration of war, thus violating International law, charter of the United Nations and the general norms of civilized behaviour amongst member states. The 1965 war against Indian aggression is celebrated as an example of the exemplary bravery of our armed forces, laying down their lives for the country with unquestioning faith and conviction. Pakistan’s leadership paid rich tributes to the soldiers and praised the military personnel in the armed forces in ensuring the country’s security. At this significant occasion, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Qadri also paid a glowing tribute to the soldiers of Pakistan who rendered unparalleled sacrifices in the 1965 war and in their remarkable calibre, successfully countered unlawful foreign aggression.

The historic revolutionary has received an overwhelming response from the masses as the sit-in have continued to increase in numbers attended by thousands. Dr Qadri delivered his keynote address to the zealous crowds of people supportive of his populist egalitarian and socio-economic agenda. As Dr Qadri initiated the keynote address, he revealed a fresh set of statistics released by the World Economic Forum for 2014-2015 attributing Pakistan as the third least safe country in the entire world. Strongly condemning the accusations of militancy levelled against Dr Qadri by Parliamentarians,  Dr Qadri reminded the audience that he is also a former Professor of Islamic Law at the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, and the youngest person ever to have been awarded a professorship in the history of the University.

Dr Qadri has also previously held the position of the Head of the Department for LLM in Islamic Legislation. In a short span of time, he emerged as the country’s leading jurist specialising in secular and Islamic jurisprudence. Dr Qadri also expounded that many of the country’s leading lawyers, advocates and senior judges sitting on the judicial tribunal in the Supreme Court and High Court of Pakistan have been direct students of Dr Qadri. Furthermore, in a hard hitting message to parliamentarians engaged in character assassination, Dr Qadri also noted an unprecedented development that he is one of the very few individuals who has been researched on and had entire theses written by PhD students and therefore, an asset to the people of Pakistan.

As Dr Qadri further elucidated on the educated, professional and highly qualified nature of his mainstream political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek, he stated that members of PAT ranged from constitutional experts, economic experts to experts in feminist jurisprudence. With the sit-in flooding with leading professionals of the highest calibre, Dr Qadri announced that schools will soon initiate in the revolutionary sit in and the schooling system will be under the proficient supervision of qualified teachers and various PhD’sholders. Dr Aisha Shabir, a former teacher at the Lahore Grammar School was appointed the head of the schooling system within the sit-in along with many other highly educated attendees who will be formulating a curriculum for the participants.

Dr Qadri revealed that the farce of the visit of the Chinese President was an orchestrated attempt to denigrate and vilify the peaceful protesters on the Parliament floor. As Government officials levelled baseless accusations against the peaceful protesters regarding the cancellation of the visit of the President of China to Pakistan, President Xi Jinping, this was proved to be another ruse.

The official statement, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China, was revealed: “It is worth pointing out that we have never released any information about President Xi’s visit to Pakistan officially. So, there is no basis to say we are about to cancel anything.” This further highlighted the incompetence of the government as it was made clear there was no planned visit at all.

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In a dynamic, powerful and energetic manner, closing his address to the masses, Dr Qadri highlighted the incompetence of the government by stating that during the last 5 days, the Pakistan government has failed to even address the floods, let alone effectively invest in prevention measures.  It goes without saying that the country’s political and economic system has been held hostage by the ruling elite who are connected to one another in ways more than one. Thus it is becoming more apparent that Parliament is no longer for the 180 million people of Pakistan but a Parliament for the few hundred families in politics through nepotistic means. The masses have risen to the challenge and it has become a widespread belief amongst all Pakistanis that now is the time to save the nation from the despotic, corrupt and tyrannical rule that they have been suffering from for decades.

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5th September | Government’s Discerning Failures | #LiesOfPMLN

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Qadri, in an exclusive interview with Ali Mumtaz reiterated his vision of true democratic process. He explained further by stating he has always been a staunch supporter of negotiations to settle conflicts or disagreements however after eight sessions of dialogue, Dr Qadri unveiled that no suitable conclusion was reached with incumbent government. Dr Qadri went on to state that in the final session of negotiations, the negotiation tribunal concluded that the power to make a decision ultimately rests with the Sharif family. PAT also reconciled efforts with members of the Sharif family to hold negotiations in order to reach a desirable conclusion however the negotiations had failed.

In discussing the failures of the negotiations with the ruling elite, Dr Qadri discussed the matter of the demands from the Peoples Parliament. The first demand included the urgent resignation of Chief Minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif as the JIT report includes registration of cases against Chief Minister Punjab, his personal Secretary Tauqeer Shah, law minister Rana Sanaullah, and some senior police officials, the latter whom had acted on the direct instruction of chief minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. Dr Qadri explained that an independent enquiry into the Model Town massacre, and now also the Islamabad Massacre, cannot be conducted so as long as Shehbaz Sharif remain the Cheif Minister of Punjab. Further detailing the failures of the federal and provincial authorities in reprimanding the culprits of Lahore Massacre, Dr Qadri also stated that it was inconceivable that the Punjab provincial authorities would continue their dishonest tactics in order to save their seats through the registration of a false FIR.

Soon after the interview, addressing the huge swarms of peaceful protestors in the evening, Dr Qadri informed the masses that the cancellation of the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit was a dramatic farce of the PMLN Governments. It was also seen as a major setback to the Pakistan government at a time when the country was deep in the throes of political turmoil and uncertainty.

The economic instability and severity of the socio-economic crisis Pakistan faces was a revelation to many as Dr Qadri detailed the foreign loans that have indebted its nationals for generations to come.  According to the Global Competitive Index [GPI] compiled by the World Economic Forum which provides insight into the productivity and prosperity of 148 nations, in 2012-13 Pakistan’s position was 124. This has plummeted by 9 points due to the incompetence of Mr Sharif’s government and was recorded as 133 out of 148 in 2013-14. In todays historic address, Dr Qadri also disclosed that the country has faced a financial crisis ever since the rule of General Zia ul Haq, loan after loan has damaged the already crumbling economy of Pakistan.

Dr Qadri reminded the nation’ of the level of national debt they have had piled on top of them with hard hitting statistics. Within the last 28 years, Pakistan had incurred $60 billion worth of debt, however in the last year alone, under the reign of Nawaz Sharif , Pakistan incurred $52billion worth of debt. In revealing the astonishing amount of debt, Dr Qadri questioned whether the benefits of this debt had ever reached the grassroots of Pakistan society.

With the level of corruption in Pakistan, overseas debt, socio-economic crisis, state terrorism and instability it is no surprise that the common man has joined Dr Qadri’s peaceful struggle, for the hugely overdue benefits a truly democratic nation delivers to its citizens. At the moment, Pakistan’s current political, legal, democratic and electoral system has been dressed up as a distorted version of democracy and served to the nation by the ruling elite. Reflecting upon the emotions of the hundreds and thousands that have flooded the centre of Pakistan’s capital, their unwavering determination is remarkable and emulates their undefeatable conviction in Dr Qadri.  With optimism and hope in the air for change, they stand firm as this farce has been detected, rejected and very soon will be destroyed.

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4th September | Sit-Ins for the Supremacy of the Constitution

The most remarkable and astounding aspect of the red zone protest is that in the past few days, the use of brutal and excessive force to crush the mainstream political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has failed miserably, as PAT activists, men and women, have not decreased in their fervour, resolve and commitment to achieving a populist socio-economic revolution. It goes without saying that the heroes of this revolutionary movement are the masses of people camping outside, adding their names to the history books as true victors. Despite shortages of food and water, and sleeping in make shift shelters, people have exhibited an extraordinary level of patience while wholly being committed to their objective of achieving a peaceful revolution. Police have failed to disperse crowds despite launching a brutal attack of tear gas, and directly shooting at protestors. In the face of all this, the peaceful activists of PAT have withstood their ground, whilst exhibiting bravery, valour, steadfastness and also magnificent resolution.

PAT chief, Dr Qadri, initiated his historic address by congratulating the supporters of his populist egalitarian and socio-economic agenda. He said that without a doubt, Pakistan’s history has not witnessed such a large gathering of protesters setting an excellent example of their organized political conduct, patience and restraint despite all the odds stacked against them. Adding on, Dr Qadri spoke about the joint parliamentary sessions that have been called twice to discuss the political turmoil within the country. Dr Qadri pointed out that the parliament isn’t just a regal building decorated with fancy ornaments. It is supposed to resolve the problems of the people. Dr Qadri signalled to the masses and spoke to those who sit in the grand parliament saying, that thousands of people have come to your door demanding their rights, yet you fail to acknowledge them. Referring to the comments made by parliamentarians describing the crowd as gypsies and terrorists, Dr Qadri explained that the protests consisted of thousands of educationalists and intellectuals who had gathered to peacefully protest and demand their constitutional rights. During his speech, Dr Qadri clarified that his sit-in was for the supremacy of the Constitution and to pave the way for true democracy as per the articles of the Constitution.

Dr Qadri exposed another shameful act committed by the so called custodians of democracy. Dr Qadri questioned why the culprits of the Lahore Massacre had not yet been held accountable for their actions. In revealing the findings of the judicial commission, Dr Qadri explained to the masses that barriers erected outside the home of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri at the Lahore residential area of Model Town were completely legal. Whilst jogging the memory of the hundreds and thousands present, Dr Qadri also revealed that the JIT report includes registration of cases against Chief Minister Punjab, his personal Secretary Tauqeer Shah, law minister Rana Sanaullah, and some senior police officials, the latter whom had acted on the direct instruction of chief minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif.

Dr Qadri praised the work of the late eminent leader of Pakistan People’s party, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Dr Qadri said that Bhutto had gifted the nation the constitution of Pakistan. Dr Qadri added that Bhutto fought to get rid of exploitation and social ills from Pakistan as well as teaching people to stand up for their rights. Furthermore, Dr Qadri shed light on the expected visit of the Chinese President to Pakistan. While urging his workers to warmly welcome the Chinese President, Dr Qadri also highlighted that it was the government’s responsibility to ensure that effective security measures were put in place in order to facilitate his stay in the country.

Round three of parliamentary sessions ended today without even an attempt to figure out what the masses of people outside are asking for. Not only does this raise concerns about the leaders of Pakistan being out of touch with their own people, but it also raises questions on the democracy of Pakistan. As Dr Qadri said today, either people’s rights should be given to them, or the directors of the constitution should add another article outlining that if a leader commits a crime, they will not be held accountable, as accountability is only for the poor people of Pakistan.

(Protesters enduring monsoon rains of Pakistan 04/09/2014)

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3rd September | Is This Democracy?

For the past 2 days, joint parliamentary sessions have been called twice to discuss the political dilemma within the country. Despite thousands protesting outside, parliamentarians failed to pay attention to any of their demands and during the sessions, some even dismissed the huge amounts of women, elderly and children as gypsies and terrorists. The first session was a display of astonishing unity, as party officials reiterated each other’s stance and condemned the protesters and their leaders as spoilers of peace and accused them of attempting to derail democracy. Nawaz Sharif sat observing while the opposition and his own party defended him as the rightful Prime Minister who was chosen by the people. The same members of the parliament also agree that the elections were heavily rigged, but no one commented on this, nor did they feel a need to lament on the reasons as to why thousands have staged such a lengthy protest, which police inflicted brutality, lack of nutrition and harsh weather has failed to disperse.

Dr Qadri totally smashed the parliamentary narrative with reference to the first 40 articles of the constitution of Pakistan. Dr Qadri plainly explained that the first 40 articles of the constitution are totally redundant in this so called democracy. Articles that provide justice, freedom, equality, education and social economic well being of the people are totally disregarded by the parliament. The only articles that the government religiously abides by are the ones relating to the formation of parliament and state institutions, so they can create the framework required to legalise their corrupt practices and steal the property of the people of Pakistan. Referring to the blame put upon him of derailing democracy, Dr Qadri questioned, the notion of democracy in Pakistan by asking, what democracy allows 14 people to be brutally killed by police and then doesn’t even let their families register an FIR? He further asked, in what democracy are 30,000 people arrested when they come to recite Quran for martyrs, and is democracy really present when people who have come to read Quran are put under siege with no access to food and water supplies? Dr Qadri did have some good news to give. After more than two and a half months, the FIR against the perpetrators of the Lahore massacre had finally been registered.

Today’s parliament session was a continuation of yesterday’s concerns about the derailment of democracy, with the added theme of protecting the sanctity of the parliament. Members of the parliament collectively agreed that under no circumstances will the storming of Parliament be tolerated. Vice chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf delivered a final speech to the house before he resigned from his seat. Qureshi condemned the attack of tear gas and bullets by the police on peaceful protestors which was met by strong opposition from most of the parliament members.

Once again, Dr Qadri was able to tear to pieces the speeches which took place in parliament today. He silenced those raising concerns of any ambush on the Parliament house by explaining how protestors were forced to the Parliament lawns to seek refuge from the brutal violence carried out by the police. Taking a step back into history, Dr Qadri held up to the media, photos of Nawaz Sharif and his party members who had also staged protests in October 2011 within Red Zone. Not only did these photos reveal protests in front of Parliament, they also revealed the historic ambush of Pakistan’s Supreme Court. The photo showed members of PMLN on top of the Supreme Court building. Dr Qadri highlighted that PMLN are so concerned about protecting important state buildings which were once stormed by their own party members. During his speech, Dr Qadri also highlighted the judicial commission report which found Shabaz Sharif guilty of the Lahore massacre. Dr Qadri exposed Shabaz Sharif by drawing everyone’s attention to how Shabaz Sharif has stopped this report from coming out in the public sphere. Dr Qadri demanded that a copy of this report must be placed on every parliamentarians desk, so that they can also be aware of the truth.

Red zone is slowly becoming a small village complete with its own parks, educational facilities and medical dispensaries. The Government is clutching at straws trying to find all sorts of ways to send the masses home. These masses have stood up for their rights, and it is clear that they are prepared to change the destiny of every citizen of Pakistan, no matter how long it takes.

(Nawaz Sharif’s Ambush on Pakistan’s Parlaiment on 13th October 2011)

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1st September | Expected Attack | #IslamabadMassacre continued…

Mainstream media channels are flooding with news regarding government orders of a ruthless crackdown on the workers and supporters of mainstream political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). After 17 days of peaceful protests and sit ins, PAT decided to move further towards the Prime Minister’s, Nawaz Sharif’s house to increase the building pressure for him to resign. The protesters in Islamabad were subject to a wrath unleashed by the Islamabad police, brutally attacked by police with tear gas, sticks, rubber and 32mm bullets. Protesters were unarmed and completely exposed to the excessive level of force used by police forces.

Whilst reports confirm 30 dead and over 900 activists in critical condition, some protesters are languishing in the central jail while others have been detained at undisclosed places, their whereabouts remains unknown. It has been over 72 hours since the beginning of this unconstitutional and unlawful police action however no attempts have been made at reconciliation by law enforcement agencies, and in response, the protesters are increasing in their resolute and fervour in demanding the inevitable resignation of prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The effect of illegitimate use of force against unarmed protesters has rippled through the country, as people who have not travelled into Islamabad have started staging protests in their own cities.

Pakistan’s national media has revealed that plans have been made at stopping electricity in Islamabad in an attempt to prevent media coverage of the crackdown, thus revealing sinister government motives. This hasn’t been the first attempt from the government to silence the media as yesterday the police directly attacked journalists and camera men, beating them and destroying their recording equipment.

Furthermore, sources have also revealed that shelling will take place close to the vehicle of Dr Qadri in an attempt to neutralise the PAT chief and also attempt to arrest. In an attempt to restrict freedom of assembly and movement, police officers have been given direct orders to attack from 3 sides to disperse the protesters and make it impossible for protesters to reassemble.

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. Thus any such unconstitutional measures employed to attack peaceful activists of PAT or the leader of the anti-corruption movement Dr Qadri, will be a grave violation of international law as well as a violation of human rights.

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1st September | The Sinking Government | #IslamabadMassacre

Nationwide protests have erupted as a result of the brutality the nation witnessed in Islamabad. With the boundaries of Islamabad sealed with shipping containers to stop people from gathering in the Red Zone, demonstrators have come out of their homes to stage sit ins in various other major cities across Pakistan. Support for revolution is growing as the situation in the capital is becoming more severe. Lasting over three hours, the Corps Commander called a meeting to address the deteriorating situation and reached the conclusion that under the tense circumstances, the Army would not fall short of their commitment to safeguarding the country. Core Commanders delivered another warning to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that the political dilemma within the country needs to be resolved promptly and without resorting to violence.

Throughout last night, Police continued their horrific attack on the masses of peaceful protestors. Baton wielding officers fired tear gas, and live rounds at protestors, adding to the number of fatalities and injuring yet more of the public. The rain was a blessing for the children, women and elderly as the tear gas lost its effectiveness. Protestors were able to use this opportunity to move forwards towards the Pakistan Secretariat. PAT Chief Dr Tahir ul Qadri spoke to the crowd, imploring them to remain peaceful, assuring the people that victory is near.

The media reported that some demonstrators had entered the Prime Television (PTV) buildings and had suspended transmission of this state TV channel. Dr Qadri addressed the people urging them not to enter any official buildings stating that under article 245 of the Constitution, the Army had been deployed to guard state buildings. Dr Qadri differentiated between members of his political party Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT), and other protestors that were also part of the march. Dr Qadri clarified that only regular protestors had entered this buildings while party members, adhering strictly to their peaceful ways, were advising them to leave immediately. Dr Qadri reminded everyone that the Army should be highly respected as they have been fighting a war against terrorists in North Waziristan for the security of the people of Pakistan. As Rangers moved into PTV headquarters, protestors began to peacefully move out, raising slogans supporting the army and some even embracing soldiers. The transmission of the TV channel was soon restored. Later on, media anchors reported with evidence that the storming of the PTV building was a pre meditated attack planned by Government officials to discredit peaceful protestors.

Another urgent meeting was called later in the day between General Raheel Sharif and PM Nawaz Sharif. General Raheel Sharif urged the PM that the political situation should be resolved immediately without the use of violent means. Straight after this meeting, Nawaz Sharif called a joint session of Parliament to meet at 11:00am tomorrow.

At present, shelling and shooting by police officers still continues in Islamabad as the masses move towards the PM house to stage a peaceful sit in. The media has exposed the extent of state terrorism with regular reports of the death toll and number of injured people. There has also been reports on the abuse faced by medical staff for treating protestors and the detaining of injured patients from hospitals, who are being taken away to unknown locations.There is emerging a deep resentment towards the current corrupt leadership of Pakistan, meanwhile support for the political parties, Pakistani Awami Tehreek and Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf, is growing. Pakistani people are rapidly moving towards a collective vision of a peaceful revolution to oust the country from a corrupt feudal system and build a new Pakistan.

(Young peaceful activist has been severely injured from police shelling)

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31st August | Islamabad Massacre | Update 2 

Yesterday evening, Islamabad police unleashed their wrath onto the mass of protesters peacefully moving towards the Prime Minister house to stage a protest outside. The police began a reign of terror which after 12 hours, is still continuing. Up to 40,000 police officers brutally attacked peaceful marchers by firing deadly phosphorus tear gas, shelling, and firing bullets at the masses which consist of unarmed men, women, children, babies and the elderly.

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The police have shown no signs of mercy as they continue their barbarous attack. The death toll is steadily rising as thirteen people have already been confirmed dead and hundreds are severely injured. Expressing their concerns over a horrific demonstration of inhumane activity, doctors have come forward to the media saying that it is hard to keep a tab on the number of dead, as wounded people are being torn out of ambulances and taken away to unknown locations. Medical professionals treating the injured have also revealed that the type of tear gas which is being fired at protestors has been chemically infused, causing severe respiratory damage.

Many journalists from the print and electronic media are present on the ground and are reporting on the developing situation. Ruthlessly, police have started targeting media personnel, damaging their equipment and using force against them in an attempt to silence their coverage.

In an address to the public today, Dr Qadri highlighted that such an excessive use of force against unarmed protestors is totally against democracy and is a violation of human rights. As more of the public try to make their way into Islamabad, Dr Qadri emphasised that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has dressed dynasty as democracy, and the poor and destitute of society have realised this and therefore have stood up against it. The government’s attempt to extinguish the unarmed crowd from Red Zone in Islamabad has caused a ripple effect throughout the whole country, as people from every major city have taken to the streets in a stand against such oppression.

As night falls upon a dreadful scene in Islamabad, vans and trucks full of fresh police officers have arrived, as the brutality is set to continue. It is a widespread belief amongst all Pakistanis that now is the time to save the nation from the despotic, corrupt and tyrannical rule that they have been suffering from for decades.

(The statistics so far on death toll and number of injured people)

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30th August | #IslamabadMassacre | Update - 7 Dead

Having spent over two weeks waiting peacefully for a response from the Prime Minister on their demands of justice, democracy and true implementation of the Constitution of Pakistan, supporters of the pro-democratic political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek started to move forward towards the Prime Minister house, to continue their sit in there. However upon moving forward the peaceful demonstrators have been met with terrorising scenes as the Police have caused a shower of tear gas and opened fire on the crowds; killing 7 and wounding over 100 with numbers rising rapidly.

(Effects of the brutal force being used against the sea of protestors at Islamabad)

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Perplexed reporters on the ground are questioning why, on the peace abiding who have raised their voices to reclaim their rights, such violence has been deemed necessary. This is even more pertinent as, due to article 245 being enacted, the Army has taken responsiblity to protect state property, and so this is no longer the duty of the Police. The scenes have become a mirror image of the harrowing massacre that took place on the 17th June in Model Town in Lahore, which killed 14 people and wounded over 90 peaceful citizens.

Never has there, in the history of Pakistan, been an incident of direct firing on protesters in the capital until today where the Police on government orders is terrorising the masses who have stood to reclaim their democratic and constitutional rights. National TV in Pakistan has shown Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar, welcomed as a hero at the Red Zone in Islamabad while he applauded the Police present on their operation. Such a move raises questions to the true democratic nature of the status quo government. Would any state, which is pro democracy instruct its police forces to fire live ammunition point blank toward such a large crowd of unarmed protestors? Journalists and citizens alike have labelled the state as terrorists, with no interest in public welfare. Using force to suppress the voices of any opposition and spilling blood to clutch onto power has been the only thing the current government has shown it is interested in.

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30th August | The Final Move to PM House | #GreenRevolution

The announcement of a joint struggle between both mainstream political parties PTI and PAT working towards a common objective, sent major shockwaves across the political arena of Pakistan. In explaining the strategic motive behind this formidable unity; ex-parliamentarian and constitutional expert Dr Qadri emphasized that the fundamental goals of both parties are the same. Dr Qadri expounded on the necessity of working together with Imran Khan and PTI in order to ensure that the caravan of revolution reached its promised destination. The people listened attentively and approved of the rational strategy, as Dr Qadri elucidated on the importance of unity between both mainstream political parties. Both protesting parties are expected to work together in forming a mutual strategy to ensure that the people of Pakistan receive their basic human rights.

Upon addressing the masses who had been eagerly anticipating the keynote address of Dr Qadri, the Leader of the Revolution initiated his address by asking protestors to take down and pack up their tents, signalling that the sea of people was ready to move towards their final destination. This announcement was met by demonstrations of joy as the people sensed that the dawn of revolution was upon them. Dr Qadri also took the last opportunity to invite police officers to reject unlawful orders and join the historic Revolutionary March as well as simultaneously appealing to the masses from surrounding areas of the Capital Islamabad to reach the sit-in venue. Dr Qadri went on to to wholeheartedly praise the remarkable supporters of the revolutionary socio-economic agenda stating that the exhibition of utmost steadfastness and patience is unparalleled in Pakistan’s history.

In exposing the blatant hypocrisy of the Pakistani government, Dr Qadri explained that the incumbent rulers do not have legitimacy to address the notion of democracy. Dr Qadri then unveiled the failures of the justice system and informed the masses that a gang rape victim committed suicide by setting herself alight because the law of the country had failed to support her. The family of the gang rape victim reached the revolutionary sit in and emotionally broke down in front of hundreds and thousands and pleaded for justice. Dr Qadri further expounded that the revolutionary sit in was flooded with the oppressed, impoverished, downtrodden sections of society who were demanding justice. Dr Qadri also emphasised on the corrupt feudal system of Pakistan highlighting the fact that Pakistan’s political power was in the control of only 600 families, and the poorer sections of society remained under represented.

The resignation of Nawaz Sharif was still a leading demand of all protestors and after the Punjab government was caught out blatantly lying on the Parliament floor, Dr Qadri explained that the leaders of Pakistan pay a mere lip service to the constitution and the principles given by Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Dr Qadri explained yet again that it is a sad state of affairs when a state fails to register a legal FIR of a brutal massacre and later fabricates a false FIR in order to avoid accountability.

As the sun set on the many individuals with hopes in their heart of a Pakistan which would support every citizen, Dr Qadri returned to his container to perform the twilight prayer. What was quiet remarkable is that while Dr Qadri was praying, the crowds began to pack down in an organised and coordinated effort to begin moving from Parliament House to another destination. Dr Qadri addressed the people again and said that the people of the protest will peacefully exercise their democratic and constitutional rights and move forward and stop outside the Prime minster house. In a spirit of unity and togetherness both Parties began moving towards their next destination to continue their peaceful protest against this corrupt undemocratic system.

Right the now the situation has become violent. As the hundreds of thousands moved peacefully towards the Prime Minister house, they were fired at with tear gas and beaten by police. The government has adopted undemocratic and brutal ways by using police force against peaceful protestors. A lot of innocent civilians have already been severely injured by the police, and it seems like we are seeing a repeat of the Lahore massacre at a much larger level.

(Evidence of shelling and firing ongoing against innocent & peaceful people in Islamabad 30/08/2014) 

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29th August | PAT and PTI unite for revolution #AwamiJirga #GreenRevolution

After yesterdays fabricated FIR document which was created by the Punjab Government in the presence of their lawyers, it was inconceivable that the Punjab provincial authorities would continue their dishonest tactics in order to save their seats. At 4:00am PST, Dr Qadri returned from his meeting with General Raheel Sharif and explained to the protestors how the General was shocked when Dr Qadri had revealed to him that the FIR document was concocted by the Government.

Attached to the FIR were an extra two pages in English that contained an exemption clause that would absolve the true perpetrators of the Lahore massacre and enable them to escape any court proceedings. Subsequently the Government went onto to commit another deceitful act which eventually backfired. The Interior minister Chaudary Nisar and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke to the parliament in the presence of the media falsely claiming that Dr Qadri and Imran Khan had phoned Mr Nisar to ask the Prime Minister’s permission to meet with the chief of army staff. This was subsequently categorically denied by Dr Qadri and Imran Khan. Both political leaders stated that it was in fact the Punjab Government who called upon the chief of army staff to settle the situation. Thereafter the ISPR Asim Bajwa issued a statement stating that the army was in fact invited by the government to play a facilitative role and not Dr Qadri or Imran Khan.

Addressing the huge mass of protestors in the evening, Dr Qadri set out his demands that he had put forward to General Raheel Sharif. The first demand was an appeal to register the delayed FIR statement which after 2 and a half months still had not been correctly recorded. The rejection of basic fundamental rights of a victim and the swarm of deceitful practices adopted by the government led to the second demand which was that while Nawaz Sharif remained in power, a free and fair enquiry could never be conducted. Dr Qadri further expressed his grave concern about the thousands of people arrested during and after the Lahore Massacre still not released. To help explain true democracy Dr Qadri spoke of how ministers in democratic countries are forced to resign if they have been proven to lie and how ministers and leaders of true democratic countries have voluntarily resigned after national disasters such as the resignation of the Prime Minister of South Korea after the sewol ferry disaster. During Dr Qadri’s speech the protesters in their hundreds of thousands showed their discontent against the undemocratic and corrupt system of Pakistan with the slogan of “shame!” During the speech Dr Qadri was also visited by PTI officials and decided to meet and consult with them about the next step.

The 24 hour deadline given by Dr Qadri reached an end while he was in the meeting. The crowds who have been growing restless and who are increasingly ready and willing to exercise their rights in order to rid the nation of the corrupt rulers were eagerly anticipating news. The first person to emerge from Dr Qadri’s container was deputy parliamentary leader of PTI, Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Qureshi pleaded with the crowds and requested more time from them to allow the situation to develop and for the armed forces to also make important decisions. The crowd however refused this request. They listened attentively to what Qureshi said, but refused to listen to his demands.

It was only after the arrival of Dr Qadri that the crowd became calm to a certain extent and Dr Qadri was able to present the case for staying another day. Dr Qadri explained the necessity of working together with Imran Khan and PTI in order ensure that the people’s struggle reached its promised destination. Dr Qadri rationally expounded that it would be regretful if this movement failed just because we didn’t camp out together for a 16th day. The people listened attentively and finally raised their hands in agreement to Dr Qadri’s legitimate strategy.

What has become apparent is that the government is extremely unstable. Caught lying in front the nation is another blow to their corrupt rule and to their legitimacy. The unity of PTI and PAT can be an unstoppable force and they are not likely to rest until democratic rights as set out in the constitution are given to every citizen of Pakistan.

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29th August | Pakistan Army Chief Intervenes as Negotiator

No doubt, late Thursday saw a ground-breaking historical development as for the first time in Pakistan’s political history, Pakistan’s powerful Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif intervened publicly in the country’s political situation as a facilitator and guarantor for negotiations between the government and PAT chief, Dr Qadri. The intervention by the Pakistan Armed Forces was an attempt to reconcile matters between the Pakistan government and the supporters of the egalitarian and socio-economic agenda proposed by Dr Qadri, who have clogged the streets with the unwavering commitment to oust an illegitimate government.

The supporters of PAT have remained firm in their demands of the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, dissolving of the unconstitutional political posts of Members of Parliament MPA, and ultimately endeavouring towards the implementation of the Charter of Demands proposed by PAT chief Dr Qadri, which forms the basis of Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s inveterate political struggle.

It goes without saying that the military’s political intervention gravely underscored the weakness of the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty, confirming the government’s weak and futile role in the face of political dissent as well as further emphasising the instability of Pakistan’s weak democratic process and rule of law. With only moments to go for the end of the ultimatum, Dr Qadri asked the supporters whether a further 24 hours should be extended in order for the Chief of Army, General Raheel Sharif to act as  facilitator and guarantor for negotiations and enforce the implementation of demands proposed by the Peoples Parliament.

The supporters eagerly wanting change agreed to a further 24 hours of negotiations. In expressing clarity regarding the situation, Dr Qadri emphasised that the negotiations were specifically with the Armed Forces of Pakistan as otherwise, despite the many negotiation steps with the government and a failure to reach a suitable conclusion, the roads to negotiations between the government had been closed.

Explaining the unparalleled role of Pakistan Armed Forces, Dr Qadri informed the masses that a public intervention by the military was unprecedented in Pakistan’s history. Arguably, the relationship between the military and the Sharif family has been especially turbulent. This is evident by the military d’état led in 1998 by General Pervez Musharraf, former Army Chief which ended Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s last reign in power.

Shocking revelations followed the 3 hours 20 minutes meeting with General Raheel Sharif which left the masses stunned. Dr Qadri revealed that the FIR submitted in Lahore to investigate the culprits of the Lahore Massacre was completely fabricated. A surprising revelation was that the Army Chief himself was unaware of the criminal deception behind the FIR registered. Also a copy of the FIR was given to General Raheel Sharif who was flabbergasted at how the government had managed to deceive the media and the people of Pakistan by fabricating a false FIR and as a result, disrespecting the due process of law. Dr Qadri paid a tribute to the Armed Forces as he commended the integrity of character of the Chief of Army Staff - “I found General Raheel Sharif an honest and upright person as I have first time met him in my life” – Dr Qadri said.

Furthermore, this morning mainstream media channels reported that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interim Minister Chaudry Nisar promulgated on the floor of parliament before the nation that Chief of PAT asked the General Army Chief to be the guarantor between Government and PAT. In rebuttal of this, Dr Qadri clarified that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lied on the floor of National Assembly and the arbitrary role of the government had been launched by Nawaz Sharif as a desperate attempt to resolve the situation and escape the inevitable outcome of his resignation. In further clarifying the deception, the Pakistan Armed Forces also released a statement and informed the masses that Chief of Army Staff was approached by the Pakistan government to play the central facilitative role in order to resolve the current impasse.

The supporters of PAT continue to exhibit remarkable zeal in their quest to attain true democracy, the difficult conditions being enduring, and an increasing threat of government attacks on the sit-ins, the masses protesting for socio-economic rights remain charged and full of energy. Hearts are anxious and time is slowly ticking away as the nation are waiting for the end of this final ultimatum proposed by the protesters to resolve the situation and ultimately implement the constitutional demands proposed by Pakistan Awami Tehreek. Dr Qadri also informed the Armed Forces and gave a final warning to the status quo that once this final deadline was over, and the demands remain unresolved, he could not stop his supporters and workers from any move they may deem appropriate.

 

(Dr Qadri addressing the masses yesterday in the historic address - 29/08/12)

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28th August | Historic Address | #GreenRevolution

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.

 

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28th August | The Day of Revolution | #YoumeInqilab

With a new sense of hope and optimism in the air for change, supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek PAT await the PAT chief, the ex parliamentarian and also world renowned constitutional expert to brief them once again as the dawn of revolution has broken out over Islamabad and the determined and eager protesters are now into their 15th day of observing a sit-in against the current government.

Strengthening the urgent need of a populist socio-economic revolution, the yesterday’s government delegation led by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar involved in the negotiatory tribunal made clear that the government was not willing to show any form of flexibility in meeting the demands of proposed by PAT chief who had gathered, representing the poor and underprivileged stratas of society.

As Nawaz Sharif addressed the national assembly yesterday, and ironically also repeated his support of democratic process and a constitutional Pakistan, he failed to even acknowledge  innumerable swarms of protesters outside Parliament House who had endured blistering heat, and monsoon rains against him whilst voicing their disapproval of the lack of socio-economic development Pakistan had faced since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office. Despite undemocratic and unconstitutional hurdles being placed in the way of a peaceful democratic gathering, protesters from PAT have made history by exemplifying the values of peace and unity, patience and persistence in this mammoth pro-democracy protest which can only be applauded for.

Rejecting the illegitimate and unconstitutional set up of the current government in power, the masses had classified the set up as completely undemocratic, this stance of unconstitutionality was effectively strengthened as the additional secretary of Pakistan’s election commission, Muhammad Afzal Khan unveiled the truth about electoral rigging on the mainstream media channel and also pointed out glaring irregularities in the electoral process. Afzal Khan confirmed that up to 90% of the elections were rigged. Thus Dr Qadri reiterated that a cabinet which came to power through unconstitutional means is also deemed unconstitutional with inherent corruption, it can ever be classified as representing true democracy and constitution.

Although Dr Qadri waged a struggle for electoral reforms previously and also knocked at the door of the Supreme Court for this purpose, the system was now challenged as a whole and revolution was inevitable to change this corrupt and oppressive regime. Furthermore transparency and accountability are marked features of real democracy however the version of democracy currently in practice in Pakistan is no doubt, the worst form of authoritarianism.

In yesterday’s groundbreaking address Dr Qadri declared that this is the final day of the sit-in for the participants, and that on this day the sit-in will become revolution itself. We are now only a few hours away from the next historic address of Dr Qadri which will reveal the next stage of this historical revolution.

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28th August | The Day of Revolution | #YoumeInqilab #GreenRevolution

As the hashtag #NoReturnUntilRevolution trended on Twitter for hours, supporters of the mainstream political party PAT demonstrated it was not just a catchphrase but their unshakeable commitment to the people of Pakistan as they remained as determined and resolute as ever as the night swiftly fell unto the people protesting outside Parliament Square, Constitutional Avenue.

As the negotiations led by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar came to an end, Dr Qadri promulgated to the masses, eagerly anticipating the outcome of the discussions, that the negotiations had been wholly unsuccessful as the government officials refused to accept the conditions proposed by the PAT chief. In unveiling the unsuccessful outcome of the negotiations, Dr Qadri also confirmed the contention that the government and democracy are two separate entities in Pakistan.

Remaining true and enduring on his demands, Dr Qadri reiterated how out of the number of demands proposed to the incumbent government, PAT were willing to compromise and urge for enactment of just two demands today; an FIR of the Model Town Massacre to be filed against government officials involved in orchestrating the bloodbath so that this case could be effectively investigated and as a result, the due process of law be respected. The second demand was for the prompt resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. PAT supporters articulated that the remaining demands were allowed to be negotiated and explored on the forthcoming day however the government remained completely inflexible in meeting these demands.

Further exposing the demeaning attitude of the government officials involved in the negotiatory tribunal, Dr Qadri revealed to the masses how the government made a mockery of the demands proposed by Pakistan Awami Tehreek and the Peoples Parliament. The negotiatory tribunal harboured no real effort to ensure the conclusion of these negotiations was in accordance to the rule of law, constitution and democratic process.

In response to the failures of diplomatic and arbitrary methods of reaching the desired result, Dr Qadri reconciled the subject by espousing that the doors of negotiations were now closed. He said that Pakistan Awami Tehreek had worked hard to show flexibility within negotiations, however the responsibility of showing flexibility had now been lifted as the government remained firm on their corrupt and despotic agenda of deterring the real implementation of law, constitution and democracy.

In a dynamic, powerful and energetic manner, closing his address to the masses, Dr Qadri declared that this will be the last night of the sit-in, and also revealing that tomorrow Pakistan will see the dawn of revolution. In an emotional and heart wrenching appeal to the masses, Dr Qadri urged those still at home in the surrounding area’s of Islamabad that this was their last chance to support the revolution. Dr Qadri reiterated that the inevitable revolution will translate the vision of the Great Founding Father Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan into a reality. Now only hours away from the dawn of a new day, and a new era, we await for the next steps of this revolution which will turn the venue of the sit-in, Constitutional Avenue, into Revolution Avenue.