LAHORE: Most of the PML-N stalwarts believed that Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s speech was aimed to create anarchy and civil disobedience in Pakistan like that in Egypt, Syria and Iraq and the government should not allow him at any cost to fulfill his agenda.
Some of them have cautioned that government still had the time to handle it politically and sensibly instead of further worsening the situation.
Talking with The News, PML-N Information Secretary Mushahidullah Khan claimed that Tahir-ul-Qadri was a lunatic person who had given license to his followers to kill anyone. He stated he had not seen any religious scholar in the world who was issuing injunctions of killing people to his workers.
He claimed that he had conveyed to his followers to kill Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif if anything happened to him. He had further conveyed them to kill cops if they stopped them. Mushahid alleged that he had not seen such revolutionary throughout history who was a coward and using shield of women for his personal protection. He further pointed out that the agenda of Qadri was nothing but just to create anarchy on the day which is symbolic of people’s solidarity.
He claimed that it was a gathering of cronies of former dictator Pervez Musharraf which include Sheikh Rasheed, Imran Khan, Chaudhry brothers and APML leadership. He plainly said the government would not let them create anarchy in Pakistan at any cost. He further said Imran would have to clarify his position as well because he was entering into alliance with a person who did not recognize the constitution.
Railways Minister Kh Saad Rafique said government admits Imran’s right of holding long march but Qadri had no such right and he would be dealt with iron hand. Former law minister Sanaullah Khan claimed that the entire speech of Tahir ul Qadri was aimed to mislead his followers and create anarchy in the country. He alleged that Qadri was blackmailing his male and female followers using the shield of religion to cause bloodshed.
He stated it was not politics but he was misleading his followers by misusing religions and the whole nation should take notice of it. He pointed out that Sufi Naik Muhammad was also doing the same thing and the government had to carry out operation against him in Swat.
He claimed that Sufi had delivered only one such speech while Qadri had delivered at least 10 speeches in which he had tried to instigate people to cause anarchy and bloodshed.
PML-N Senator Zafar Ali Shah termed the speech effective for containing political and religious elements which had impressed majority of people. He claimed that he had made announcement of joining Imran’s march which was being anticipated by the government. He admitted that the government did not take it seriously which was a grave mistake on its part. He claimed time was short but there was still room to handle it politically with sanity.
Senator Mohsin Leghari was of the view that he was worried about the future of the country as things were getting out of control of the government speedily. He alleged that parliament had become irrelevant after the PM was not attending its sessions and issues spilled on to the streets as a result. He claimed that the government did not try to handle the issue seriously and wasted much of the time and irresponsible statements from the ministers aggravated the situation. He attributed the ongoing overseeing situation to government failure in addressing the issues. (Courtesy: The News)