What ifÂ Tahi rul QadriÂ gave a “Long March” for a million people and only a few thousand came?
Canada-based Pakistani cleric leads an estimated 7,000 protesters from Lahore to Islamabad to demand electoral reforms. (Al Jizz)
Tahirul Qadri, an Islamic scholar and preacher who returnedÂ to Pakistan in December after years in Canada, has said heÂ will lead a million people on a “peaceful revolution”.
He hasÂ accused the government of being corrupt and incompetent, and argued that Pakistan must enact “meaningful” electoral reforms before general elections,Â scheduled to be held within eight weeks after parliament disbands inÂ mid-March.
“This is a march for protection of human rights, elimination of poverty, supremacy of constitution, rule of law and end of corruption,” Qadri said.
The clericÂ called for what he says is a “democracy march”, but the government says the cleric, is part of a “conspiracy”Â designed to postpone elections and grab power.
Tahir says anything, will do anything to come to power. “Democracy” my foot.
115 Shiites murdered
Paki leaders dismissed the government of southwest Baluchistan province early Monday in response to the demands of protesters angry about an attack on minority Shiite Muslims there that killed 115 people.
In another part of the country, a roadside bomb killed 14 Paki soldiers.
Last year was the deadliest ever for Shiites in Pakistan, with over 400 dead in targeted killings. Violence has been especially intense in Baluchistan, home of the largest number of Shiites in the country.