LAHORE - Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has said the rulers will face the same charges after the ‘revolution’ they framed against him by registering false cases.

“Commit only as much atrocities against us as you can withstand tomorrow(when you will be out of power)”, said the firebrand leader at a news conference on Tuesday at which PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Husain, Sunni leader Hamid Raza and Shia leader Raja Nasir were also present.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashood had said at a news conference a day before that the PAT chief would be booked in a few days on the charges of money laundering and inciting the people to take the law into their hands.

“You don’t have the courage to face accountability,” said Dr Qadri, recalling the time when Mian Nawaz Sharif had hid himself in a bathroom of the Prime Minister’s House at the time of 1999 military coup. The generals dragged him out of the loo and then kicked him out of his official residence, he said.

He said it was Gen Musharraf who let the Sharif family go out of Pakistan. This time, he said, the situation would be quite different and Sharifs’ names would be placed on the exit control list (ECL) to block their flight abroad.

The confrontation between the government and the PAT chief is intensifying with the passage of time and each side is determined to defeat the other.

Dr Qadri is holding consultative meetings with all those who he thinks can support his agenda.

The PAT chief made it clear that Aug 10 would be observed only as martyrs’ day and it would be peaceful in all respects. The schedule for the revolution day would be announced subsequently in consultation with other leaders, he said.

He said the people who would be participating in the martyrs day had been directed to remain peaceful. However, in case the police resorted to violence, the venue of the ‘Quran Khwani’ would be shifted from Model Town to Jati Umra, the residence of the Sharifs.

Dr Qadri alleged that the government had already started taking measures to prevent people from participating in the martyrs’ day. For this purpose, he said, owners of buses booked by the PAT had been asked to cancel the agreement and hand over the route permits of their vehicles to the designated officials.

He asked the police officials to act as state functionaries, not as personal servants to the Sharifs. Those who failed to adhere to the Constitution, he said, would face the consequences after the change of government. He reiterated that the present setup would cease to exist before the end of the current month.

Dr Qadri criticised the government for its failure to register the case of Model Town tragedy. He said the PAT people had been going from court to court to get justice, but so far there was no progress on this front.

The PAT chief said after the revolution nobody would be allowed to brand the followers of the rival sect infidels. For this purpose, he said, the Constitution would be amended. He also promised the status of a province for Gilgit-Baltistan.

PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat said the real democracy would be seen after the revolution. According to him, the systems practised in the past were not democracy. Shia leader Allama Raja Nasir said his followers would fully support the long march to be led by Dr Qadri and play their role in ousting the rulers.

He said the rulers had lost the right to stay in power any more, after which it was the duty of all parties to bring the rulers into the dock.“We’ll surmount all hurdles,” said Raja Nasir.