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Dr Qadri finally surrendered: Saad

Dr Qadri finally surrendered: Saad

rfeeISLAMABAD: It seems the government has taken Dr Tahirul Qadri’s throwing an electoral gauntlet to mainstream political parties as the first chink in his shiny armour.

“Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s Dr Qadri has finally surrendered before the ‘supremacy’ of parliament. I am awfully grateful to him for admitting that change can only come through the democracy”,

The PMLN leader said that Qadri’s looking to Parliament was evident of a revolutionary change in his earlier agitative stance.

“Dr Qadri’s reposing trust in the system shows it has ultimately dawned upon him thatt he cannot bring about a change by the way of violence”, said he.

The minister also offered Dr Qadri that PMLN government was ready to work with him if he really had an agenda for a change.

“We are even ready to ‘make the best’ of Dr Qadri’s expertise in the broader interest of country. And I am saying this because he knows the constitution and law like the back if his hand”, the PMLN mouthpiece said.

Earlier, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) announced that it had decided to enter the next general elections as a political party.

“PAT will be the largest ever revolutionary political party of Pakistan to contest polls”, PAT leader Dr Tahirul Qadri announced while addressing his thousands of workers camped outside Parliament House.

Dr Qadri said that PAT, after winning the polls, would bring about its purported reforms in the country through parliament.

“We will field candidates in both general and local bodies’ elections”, Dr Qadri said vowing to restore the sanctity of Pakistan’s legislature.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan, along with populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, has been staging a sit-in in capital Islamabad since August 15.

Last week he took his protest to Pakistan’s largest city Karachi and on Sunday he addressed thousands of people in his home town and Pakistan’s second largest city — Lahore, which is also the home town of Sharif.

Khan and Qadri claim the 2013 elections were massively rigged, local and foreign observers said the polls were credible.

Their followers clashed with police in late August after they tried to storm the prime minister’s residence, leaving three demonstrators dead and hundreds injured on both sides.

On September 1, the opposition groups briefly occupied the state broadcaster but the movement has since lost momentum.

Analysts believe the protests have been coordinated by the powerful army as a means of re-asserting its dominance over civilian authorities.-

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