LAHORE: Referring to Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Tahirul Qadri, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that the “Sheikhul Islam” had come to Pakistan to subvert the electoral process and create anarchy in the country. Talking to media after meeting with the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) chief, Talal Akbar Bugti, on Thursday, the former prime minister said that the threat to hold a long march by Dr Qadri just ten weeks before the general elections appeared to be a conspiracy to create hurdles in the election process. “The Canadian national (Qadri) wants to derail democracy, which will not be allowed. A few people cannot hold hostage the entire nation,” he said. Nawaz said that the long march would create chaos in the country, which had already been hit by severe challenges.
Responding a question, he said, “I am not sure whether Qadri is backed by national or foreign elements as is being said about him, but his agenda is a matter of great concern, especially at a time when the nation is looking towards a democratic transition.” National issues are not managed in such a way, and that if Qadri is sincere in changing things, he should become a part of the democratic process, he said. “Where was Qadri when an operation was being conducted at Lal Masjid? Where was he when Akbar Bugti was murdered? And where was he when the country was sinking in the floods?” Nawaz asked. The PML-N chief also criticised the MQM and the PML-Q for supporting Qadri’s long march, saying, “It is surprising that government’s allies are backing the movement against their own government.” “These parties have double standards as they have been in power for the last five years, but at the same time they have stood against their own coalition,” he said. Nawaz claimed that it was all being done to target his party after its successful performance in the recent by-elections. staff report