LAHORE – The Punjab government has rejected Mihajul Quran chief Tahirul Qadri’s allegations of attempt to hinder the marchers as ‘pack of lies’.

Talking to the media, Punjab Law Minister rubbished the Minhaj chief blames of creating hurdles in the long march as baseless.

“No vehicle has been impounded. Had the roads been blocked, it would have disrupted the traffic flow and there would have been long queues of vehicles but the traffic remained normal in City as well as other parts of the province,” the minister added. He said since Qadri spent Rs1.5 billion on his procession, the government would probe the source of this funding.

Separately PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rashid told the media that Qadri’s allegations were unjustified.

He said: “It is nature of Qadri to tell lies, which has been proved by YouTube and the media. He (Qadri) got even the motorcycles of his supporters, sold these bikes and pocketed the money. Now, he has stooped to blame game.”

He said the Punjab government had no intention to register any case against Qadri “as the people of Pakistan had boycotted him”. Rashid said Qadri led the long march in a bulletproof vehicle and also arranged such vehicles for his relatives but left his supporters at the mercy of terrorists. 

He said the accusations of sealing the cities of Punjab and arrest of drivers were baseless. “Had any such attempt made, the media would have highlighted,” he said, adding that the Punjab government fulfilled the responsibility of providing security to Qadri, giving him opportunity to show his strength. Rashid said accusations of Tahirul Qadri, regarding putting impediments in long march were nothing but an attempt to hide his own despondency and humiliation.