ISLAMABAD - PAT chief Dr Allama Tahirul Qadri on Thursday announced his party will take part in the next general and local bodies’ elections, claiming it will emerge as the biggest political party of the country.

As he spoke to his supporters at the sit-in here, Qadri’s body language suggested he believed the next general elections were going to be held in the near future. Following in the footsteps of PTI, he also announced political public meetings in Lahore and Faisalabad to further spread his anti-government movement. He told his loyalists that from now Pakistan Awami Tehreek was a political party and it will field candidates in general and local bodies’ elections across the country. “Those meeting the required standards will be issued PAT ticket to contest polls,” he said, adding that ticket aspirants for LB polls should approach the party leadership.

“PAT will be the largest ever revolutionary political party of Pakistan to contest polls”, Dr Qadri said. He said that PAT, after winning the polls, would bring about its purported reforms in the country through parliament. He said the desired change can only be brought through parliament, adding that PAT will restore the decorum of this all-important national institution. Tahirul Qadri appreciated the participants of ‘Inqilab March’ by saying that they have created a history. He said Inqilab March has spread awareness among masses. It gives them courage to raise voice for their rights and take stand against the corrupt leaders, he added. Earlier in the day, Qadri announced that his party would hold countrywide public gatherings as part of his plans to build pressure on the government. He said the first public rally will be held on October 12 in Faisalabad. The PAT will hold its second public meeting in Lahore at Minar-i-Pakistan on October 19, he announced. PAT chief said he would unveil a new strategy later in the evening to broaden his ‘Inqalab’ movement. The plan announced by Qadri is same as that of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf which is also holding public gatherings, besides its sit-in in Islamabad, in different cities of Pakistan.