LAHORE - Dr Qadri, who was reluctant to announce a schedule for the launch of an anti-government campaign to bring about his ‘revolution’, has once again failed to announce the schedule of the drive after the Thursday meeting of his allies and likeminded political parties.
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami Muslim League (AML) are among the prominent political parties to attend the June 29 All Parties Conference (APC) of Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) on Model Town episode.
However, all these three parties would not extend complete support to Dr Qadri if he opts for launching a massive street agitation against the government. The likeminded parties or allies of Dr Qadri also include PML-Q, Sunni Ittehad Council and Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen.
AML chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, when contacted, said, “I will participate in PAT hosted APC on Model Town tragedy but practically I am the ally of the PTI and making efforts to convince Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri to launch joint endeavours against the rulers.”
When asked why he did not attend Thursday meeting of Dr Qadri, he said, “I spoke up my mind with Dr Qadri during Wednesday audience but I want to make it clear that I am the ally of Imran Khan.”
PTI Punjab president Ijaz Chaudhary, when reached, said, “I will join the APC if invited.” Iftikhar Randhawa, MQM coordination committee member, when called, said, “MQM will attend the APC of Dr Qadri if invited as Model Town incident was a national tragedy.”
However, a close aide of Imran said PTI will be announcing its long march today (Friday) and cannot afford to bracket itself with any PAT-led drive even if it is to be launched against Model Town episode. He added, “All we can do is that PTI sends a delegation to PAT if it decides to launch a campaign against the Model Town incident or organise demonstration for Model Town victims from its own platform.”
Similarly, a veteran MQM leader said, “We can organize our separate show for raising voice for getting justice to Dr Qadri’s followers who killed by the Punjab police. AML chief has already made his position clear that he is the ally of Imran Khan and desires joint anti-government drive.
Meanwhile, talking to media after a meeting with his likeminded parties, Dr Qadri said that an APC would be held on Sunday (June29) on a single point agenda of discussing the Model Town tragedy. He was flanked by PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Ch Pervaiz Elahi, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen chief Allama Nasir Abbas, Ameen Shaheedhi and Sunni Ittehad Council president Sahibzada Hamid Raza.
Dr Qadri said that he also wanted to clarify that during the meeting with political leaders, they did not discuss any grand alliance. “We did not even discuss about any alliance or grand alliance till now,” he said. However, he said that they had discussed the political situation with different parties leaders who came there for condolence on Model Town tragedy. PAT chief said that grand alliance was not agenda of any meeting and no discussion on this subject took place ever.
On the occasion, Perviaz Elahi said that APC’s one point agenda was to discuss the Model Town tragedy. He said that discussion on 10-point agenda has been postponed for another time. He said the meetings would continue and further line of action would be updated to the media.
Dr Qadri during the joint press conference with his likeminded parties left them alone after making his statement despite the insistence of PML-Q leadership, which embarrassed the former prime minister and deputy prime minister in front of TV cameras.
Talking to The Nation, PAT president Dr Raheeq Abbasi said that all political parties including PPP, PTI, MQM, JI, JUP and others would be invited for APC. About the non-participation of AML chief in Thursday meeting, he claimed that he might have other important engagements to attend.