Canadian-Pakistani cleric Qadri says politicians have made country 'failed state'

Islamabad, Jan. 15 (ANI): Canadian-Pakistani religious cleric and Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Tahirul Qadri, who is leading a "million-march" calling for "electoral reform" in Pakistan, has criticised the government for having made the country a 'failed state'.

The Express Tribune quoted Qadri, as saying that the people of Pakistan have no food, their clothes are torn and their homes are broken. Millions of people of Pakistan are destitute without jobs, they have no money, while there is no income support programme in place, he added.

Hence, he said, that the only right the people of Pakistan are left with is the right to die.

He said that the rights of the citizens have been infringed upon, and that people in Pakistan are living a life of anguish, misery and total desperation. Terrorism and target killing have become rampant, and there is no protection of lives and liberty, he added.

Qadri said that although the judiciary passed orders, the government does not execute them.

Qadri termed his march a "revolutionary protest against the fake mandate of the government", adding that the march was "totally peaceful, absolutely democratic, completely constitutional and strictly lawful".

He said that he had prepared a seven-point agenda of "electoral democracy and electoral reforms". Qadri added that the last point in the agenda was the dissolution of assemblies.

At least 22,000 police personnel and a large contingent of Rangers are already present on D-Chowk, where Qadri's supporters are staging a sit-in. Qadri, who is still inside a bullet-proof container, and has decided to address the gathering from inside the container.

Qadri has blamed Interior Minister Rehman Malik for directing the security forces to resort to aerial firing and said that if an action is not taken against Malik, then the angered crowd might do "something".

Malik, meanwhile, has refused to accept Qadri's pressure because his demands are "unconstitutional". (ANI)


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