ISLAMABAD  - Political parties are weary of the designs of Dr Tahir ul Qadri who is all set to land in Islamabad on June 23, while the PML-Q supports him while the other parties take his arrival as a political gimmick.

Talking to The Nation on Monday, PML-Q leader Raja Basharat said that their party leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi had met the Pakistan Awami Thereek chief Dr. Tahir ul Qadri and both the parties had consensus on the 10-point agenda within the ambit of constitution of Pakistan. He said that the agenda included free education in the country, better health facilities, and local bodies election.

Basharat explained that PML-Q has not decided to take part in Dr Qadri’s protest sit-in against the government. He said that both the parties had decided to work together for the broader interests of the country and people. He said a joint delegation would meet the opposition parties’ heads and convince them on their agenda. He said that their party would welcome Dr Qdari on 23 June, he added.

However, he avoided the question regarding Qadri’s money laundering cases and his meeting with PTI delegation.

PPP Secretary General Latif Khosa suggested Qdari to postpone the arrival and protest sit-in as any protest in this situation would be tantamount to derailing the democracy in the country. He said it is time to stand with the forces operating against militants. He cleared that PPP would not allow non-political forces to derail the democracy. Khosa said that PPP would not be part of any alliance and people have already rejected these political parties in general elections.

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Liaquat Baloch commented that Dr Qadri’s statements and protest plan will be an attempt to damage democracy. He mentioned that Qadri had also led the five-day protest for real democracy but he could not get anything out of it.

Baloch stated that the government has announced the operation against the terrorists and instead of point scoring every political party should support the government and armed forces for defeating the extremists.

Jan Muhammad Achakzai, the spokesman of JUI-F, said Qadri wants to bring the revolution in the country but he is not ready to sacrifice his Canadian passport for this country. He criticized the alliance of Chaudhry brothers, Imran and Qadri saying all these partners could not do good for the real democracy in the past and now they are raising the slogans for democracy.

He said that the government should avoid from making a hero out of Qadri through press statements. Qadri wants to be a political martyr, he added.