LAHORE – Tehrik-e-Minhajul Quran Chief Tahirul Qadri on Monday announced mass rallies in six major cities from February 15 in the second phase of his what he described as revolutionary struggle for electoral reforms in the country.
Addressing a press conference here, Qadri said marches would be organised in six cities – Rawalpinid, Faisalabad, Multan, Sukkur, Peshawar and Gujranwala. The first meeting, he said, would be held in Gujranwala on February 15 after Friday prayers.
“This is initial stage of our revolution’s second phase. Our movement is for the rights of 18 million oppressed people. Our struggle has created awareness among the masses this is why the government assured implementation of articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution,” Qadri asserted.
The TMQ chief said they were going to the Supreme Court for the dissolution of the Election Commission according to the constitution and law. He said no one had the courage to hinder implementation of the agreement for electoral reforms.
Qadri said they did not want martial law or postponement of elections. He lauded the
Pakistan Army for supporting democracy and the Constitution and said it did not want imposition of martial law. He said he had not been in contact with General Kayani since day one.
TMQ chief said he was ready to lay down his life, but would not leave his objectives. He claimed that through his march, people had realised their real power. He said the present system in Pakistan was anti-poor. He claimed his movement would be more effective and powerful than that of 1977.
The Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief said the first rally of the ‘revolution’ would be held in Gujranwala on February 15, second on February 17 in Faisalabad, third in Multan on 22nd and fourth in Peshawar on February 24.
Qadri said that his party did not want to get the upcoming general polls postponed. He reiterated the Pakistan Army was also in favour of maintaining the continuity of a democratic system in the country.
He extended invitation to all political parties, including Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), to participate in the rallies.