Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri ‘million man plus’ demonstration turns into a mini Pakistani-spring
This morning I was up at 6am (UK time) to tune into ARY News, probably the only Pakistani International News station which was reporting, the developments of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri political challenge to the ruling government of Pakistan and its opposition party. I followed this demonstration for almost a week now and last night when Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri reached Islamabad and addressed his gatherers – he announced that up until 11am the following day was the deadline for the government to salvage any integrity and to discuss reform with him.
For me, this has been an interesting development and change in politics for Pakistan albeit following it from UK. Interestingly enough, I was totally surprised how Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri and the Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran long march had developed ‘possibly’ into a ‘game changer’ for Pakistan and its current weak government – who, according to popular public opinion – have achieved nothing but anarchy at an unimaginable level in its first democratic five years.
The live broadcast from ARY News and its confident and courageous news presenters dotted strategically around the March since it started to this very second showed the power of Pakistani people. Those very people, who feel betrayed, robbed and oppressed by an elite of political gangsters who have done nothing more than to serve their own interests.
The address this morning, which was scheduled for 11am by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri but was actually given after 2pm was a true challenge to the current ruling government of Pakistan. During the address, many technical difficulties were reported live as the authorities deliberately sabotaged the communication around the country and around the world – but that didn’t stop the address. What was a true turning point in favor of the general public was when the Supreme Court of Pakistan authorised arrest warrants for the Prime Minister of Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf and his accomplishes in a pending corruption case. This saga is ongoing.
What is remarkable to me, and at one point, a commentator echoed exactly what was in my mind was that since the current government of Pakistan has taken office – under the leadership of Asif Ali Zardari – three prime ministers have been appointed and each one removed due to involvement in corruption. So is there any credibility left for the current PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party)? Shouldn’t Mr Asif Ali Zardari resign from his post immediately and recall early elections to avoid this country from being destroyed?
Anyway I’d like to see what your view on this whole political change is?