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Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri: catalyst for change or military stooge?

By Reuters Staff
January 13, 2013

(Muhammad Tahirul Qadri (C) , leader of Mihaj-ul-Quran movement speaks before a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad January 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Mani Rana)

A month ago, Muhammad Tahirul Qadri was living quietly in Canada, immersed in the affairs of his Islamic charity and seemingly far removed from the pre-election power games shaping the fate of politicians in his native Pakistan.

In the past three weeks, he has returned home to lead a call for electoral reforms that has earned him instant celebrity, sent a stab of anxiety through the ruling class and raised fears of trouble at a planned rally in Islamabad on Monday.

“Our agenda is just democratic electoral reforms,” Qadri told Reuters in the eastern city of Lahore, the headquarters of his Minhaj-ul-Quran religious foundation. “We don’t want the law-breakers to become our lawmakers.”

Qadri’s platform hinges on a demand that the judiciary bars corrupt politicians from running for office and that the army plays a possible role in the formation of a caretaker government which is due to manage the run-up to elections this spring.

But his sudden ascent has prompted speculation that the military, which ruled Pakistan for decades, may be using him as a proxy to delay the polls and install a compliant interim administration to serve at the generals’ pleasure.
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The corrupt politicians who rule the country are worried because of Qadri so they have made all sorts of conspiracy theories to character assassinate him. He just wants full implementation of constitution.

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Dr. Tahir ul Qadri’s agenda is simply electoral reforms to be materialized so that next elections could be conducted fully in accordance with the existing constitution of pakistan. The constitution does exist yet has never been implimented in true letter and spirit as confirmed by supreme court in judgement dated june 8, 2012. e.g, tax defaulters are illegible to participate in election and deserve two & half years in prison, former primer minister who remain in office for four & half years did not have tax department registration number.

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