ISLAMABAD - JAVAID-UR-RAHMAN - As January 10 deadline is approaching fast, the PPP-led central government as well as PML-N Punjab government may use a new tactic of creating artificial shortage of petrol in different parts of the country to deprive transport provision for Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) long march, led by Tahirul Qadri.

TMQ Chief Tahirul Qadri, receiving supportive voices even for the stay of participants of long march, is also getting strong hints about ‘artificial shortage of petrol’ on the same dates of long march as a tactic to thwart the rally, sources in MQM shared with TheNation. The workers of TMQ with the support of MQM force have almost finalised route to reach Islamabad but the timely intimation regarding shortage of petrol when CNG is already not available may compel Dr Qadri to enter into negotiation with the government over this particular issue.

The expected mammoth rallies in different groups will start their main journey towards the capital on January 10 if the demands were not met, and finally march from KPK, Punjab, Kashmir, and other provinces will reach Islamabad on January 14.

When contacted, Ahmad Nawaz Anjum, President Punjab chapter of TMQ, confirmed that they received information from different quarters about ‘severe artificial shortage of petrol’ in the same dates long march. “In order to avoid any disturbance we have conveyed all the participants of long march to timely stock petrol for their transports,” he said adding that Intelligence agencies are creating misconception about long march.

About support from different long march, he said apart from big support of MQM, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Shiekh Rashid, Pir Naqeeb ur Rahman (Eid Gah Sharif Rawalpindi), Pir Siddique Ali Shah (Gujar Khan) have extended their support for the facility of temporary residence and meal. “Sheikh Rashid has met and he will convey about his participation on January10,” he added. TMQ leader said police using harassment tactics are threatening their workers in their camps in different parts of the country. 

When contacted, AML Chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that he has extended his support for the participants of long march.

“On my offer TMQ thanked me and conveyed they would arrange it themselves,” Shiekh Rashid said adding that he would decide to participate or not in the long march on January 10.

It is relevant to mention here that a five-member delegation of the Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran had also met Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid in Rawalpindi and delivered a special message of Allama Tahirul Qadri to him.

It is relevant to mention here that Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran gave a deadline of January 14 to government to form electoral reforms or else face a million men march towards the federal capital.