After absenting himself from Pakistan for a few years Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri surprisingly returned a few days back and addressed a large crowd at Yadgar-e-Pakistan, Lahore wherein he declared and demanded that under all circumstances it is a pre-requisite that come what may electoral reforms must be carried out in the country before new elections are held next year. He spoke the language of the poor downtrodden masses and thus gained their trust, but he was more focused on the upcoming elections. I would like to know where he was for the last five years.

He also gave an ultimatum, that if nothing was done by the government in connection with electoral reforms then he will lead a mass rally from Lahore to Islamabad to let President Zardari and his junta realize that he was very serious in his intentions.

Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri should judiciously assess himself as to where he stands against all the seasoned politicians who are already familiar with the opposition and have already made friends or foes in the political game. Does Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri have enough cunning and guts to get into this filthy arena? Does he want to seriously tarnish his character in Pakistani politics where no one can claim to be above board?

There are a few relevant questions that Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri should answer before he decides to get into politics. What everyone will be asking him is why now when his loyalty is divided between Canada and Pakistan does he wants to get into politics? The second question is about funding which he clarified in a television interview saying that Minhaj-ul-Quran, which is an international organization with branches in over 70 countries or even more has given him funds to embark upon this political activity. This does not sound kosher as this money is sent and contributed fort the spreading of Islam not politics. He entered all these countries as an Islamic preacher and people gave him donations for preaching Islam but it is unfair on his part to ask his followers and devotees to pay for his political ambitions.

IQBAL HADI ZAIDI,

Kuwait, December 30.