LAHORE - The PML-Q of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Awami Muslim League (AML) of Sheikh Rashid on Wednesday advised Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri to announce a schedule for an anti-government drive at the earliest possible.
However, Dr Qadri said the country would witness a revolution during the current year, but was not inclined to give a timeframe for a movement.
The matter came under discussion at a meeting the PML-Q and AML heads held with the PAT chief at the latter’s residence, sources said.
Dr Qadri’s PAT is leading a group of the political parties which claim to bring massive reforms in the system initially through a 10-point agenda through Dr Qadri’s revolution. These parties are PML-Q of Chaudhrys of Gujrat, Awami Muslim League of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Sunni Ittehad Council, an amalgam of Barevli Sunni parties led by Sahibzada Hamid Raza, and Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen.
The PML-Q and AML leaders strongly believe that they can get the support of more political parties if the PAT chief announces a plan or roadmap for the anti-government drive at the earliest.
The sources said Dr Qadri at this stage wanted the PAT to hold rallies to express solidarity with the Pak Army which has launched the operation, Zarb-e-Azb, in North Waziristan. At the same time, he insists on registration of an FIR against the high command of PML-N and top police officers for their alleged role in the Model Town tragedy.
They added that the PAT chief was not clear about the possible timing for launching an anti-government drive or his much-trumpeted revolution and a smart strategy to start the campaign.
They revealed that PML-Q and AML leaders had advised PAT Chief Dr Qadri to leave the task of planning and execution of an early anti-government drive to both of the parties.
However, the PAT chief was reluctant to shift the steering of the possible drive against the government to any of his allies.
According to the sources, the PML-Q and AML leaders were of the considered opinion during the meeting that this was the right time to announce a schedule for the anti-government drive. They opined that Qadri should announce a schedule immediately after Eidul Fitr.
Dr Qadri who has already summoned a meeting of his allied parties for Thursday (today) asked the PML-Q and AML leaders to adjourn the matter till the meeting which would be attended by all the likeminded parties.
Thursday’s meeting will be attended by PML-Q, AML, Sunni Ittehad Council and Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen. The PAT sources also claimed participation of MQM in the meeting, but Nine-Zero didn’t confirm their delegation’s participation.
In another development on this count, the PML-Q and AML leaders have been saying that a grand opposition alliance is in the making. However, Dr Qadri says he has no plan to form an alliance, but a strategy to bring about the revolution would be formulated in consultation with the likeminded parties. Talking to media persons after the meeting with Dr Qadri, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said contacts with religious and political parties were in progress for a larger alliance. They said this process would continue during the holy month of Ramazan.
They added contacts were being established with the parties which could agree on the 10-point reform agenda and the parties that could even agree on a single point. The AML chief expressed the hope that PTI could also become part of this alliance.
Later, talking to newsmen after meeting the families of the Model Town tragedy victims at Minhaj Secretariat, Dr Qadri made it clear that he would launch the revolution this year at all cost.
Saying his revolution would hit the power centres in 2014, he claimed the rulers would be put behind bars on the day of the revolution for their crimes against the nation.
Rejecting reports of accepting compensation for the blood of his followers, he said: “We will not accept blood money for our martyrs and bring the culprits to justice.” Accusing the prime minister and the Punjab chief minister of hatching the Model Town conspiracy, he once again demanded their resignation and said no inquiry commission could operate freely under them.
He claimed that revolutionaries under his command would not spare even a single crony of the incumbent rulers who were, in fact, supporting the status quo.
He asked the police personnel to quit their offices instead of obeying illegal and unconstitutional orders.
Qadri announced establishment of a memorial at the Minhaj Secretariat for the martyrs of the Model Town incident.
Meanwhile, PPP South Punjab President Makhdom Shahab-ud-Din, talking to media persons after a meeting with Dr Qadri, demanded resignation from the Punjab chief minister over the Model Town episode. Shahab said the prime minister should force his brother to tender resignation.
Baba Haider Zaman, chief of Hazara Province Movement, also met with the PAT chief.