LAHORE – Minhaj-ul-Quran chief Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, while addressing Workers Conventions through video conferencing from Canada on Sunday, announced that he would return to Pakistan on December 23.The Minhaj-ul-Quran organised conventions in 100 countries of the world and more than 25 Tehsils of the country, including the main ceremony at Central Secretariat in Model Town. Terming the existing electoral system the biggest enemy of the people of Pakistan, Qadri said that real change would come only by discarding it. “The ruling elite regard people as slaves and their psychology was like that of Pharaohs of Egypt.”He said that it was wrong to describe the prevalent system as democracy, for democracy denoted exercise of rationality and free choice, while the people of Pakistan were forced to vote along tribal, ethnic and linguistic lines contrary to the spirit of democracy.The Minhaj-ul-Quran said that the existing system only protected the interests of 3 per cent privileged elite, while the majority did not have access to basic necessities of life. “The assemblies are just rubber stamps and debating fora for fabricating lies. The decisions of the apex court are not being implemented, and people are being punished through price-hike, inflation and dearness.”He said that the country’s sovereignty was being sold for peanuts, and all talk of integrity and sovereignty by the ruling classes was a sham. “The masses should not allow a handful of privileged people to befool them and initiate an effective but peaceful struggle against the existing electoral system based on corruption, violation of people’s rights and anti-people policies.”Qadri said that the Minhaj-ul-Quran’s slogan of change in the system would become the basis of a sustainable change in the society. He condemned the attack on Malala Yousafzai and her fellow students, adding that terrorism originating from radicalism and fundamentalist mindset has undermined peace. “The attackers did not merely try to kill Malala, but the entire humanity.”The Minhaj-ul-Quran chief said that the profane moviemakers were the worst enemies of humanity and global peace. He asked if the prime minister of Pakistan could be sent home for contempt of court, why the government was silent and not knocking the doors of the International Court of Justice.“The international law does not allow making of a blasphemous movie. This issue refers to respect of religions and should not be looked at from the angle of freedom of speech. The law on respect and sanctity of religions already exists in a number of western countries, but it is not being implemented.” Qadri highlighted the need for legislation at the UN level to preclude any possibility of such despicable occurrences. He also urged the Muslim countries to frame a joint policy on the issue.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 15-Oct-2012 here.