Tahir-Ul Qadri, the Canada-Returned Cleric Triggered Political Crisis in Pakistan

Tahir-ul Qadri triggered the political emergency in Pakistan when thousands of protestors rallied on 16 January 2013 and SC ordered arrest of PM.

Jan 17, 2013 15:08 IST
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Tahir-ul Qadri, the Canada-returned cleric led thousands of the protestors in Pakistan and rallied in Islamabad for the third consecutive day on 16 January 2013. Qadri asked the government to quit as well as dissolve the provincial and national assemblies on 16 January 2013. The demand is electoral reforms, among others.

In his speech, Qadri who marched on 14 January 2013 to Islamabad with thousands of supporters to protest near the Parliament in Pakistan outlined four major demands, which included electoral reforms as per the Constitution before the elections as well as reconstitution of Election Commission.

On 16 January 2013, Qadri’s protests leveraged as the apex court passed an order for arresting Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on the corruption charges associated with power projects.
Tahir-ul Qadri has in a way triggered the political emergency in Pakistan. Qadri is Thehrik-e-Minhajul Quran leader who is protesting for a corruption-free Pakistan.

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