LAHORE - Pakistan Awami Tehreek staged a show of strength at Minar-e-Pakistan Sunday night. Dressed up in PAT flags, the attendees were dancing to the tune of revolutionary songs. Sloganeering against status quo, a good number of women and children also joined ‘Inqlab in Lahore’ (Revolution in Lahore). It was the second PAT show after such an impressive public meeting at the same place in December 2012.

PML-Q, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM), Sunni Ittehad Council, Jamiat Ulam-e-Pakistan, and minority leaders also led their supporters to the PAT gathering.  Followers of Dr Qadri also came from other cities. The PAT leaders said a total of 80,000 chairs were placed at the venue, attracting more than 100,000 attendees of ‘revolution rally’. They claimed that it was “the historic show”.

Independent sources and media persons covering the demonstration were of the view that the numbers of participants were up to 50,000.  PAT workers shouldered the responsibility of security with a heavy force of police. A clash among PAT workers was also reported at the site. Later, the leadership calm them down.

Dr Qadri reached at Minar-e-Pakistan via Multan Road at 9pm and start addressing the rally at around 11pm after the short speeches of PML-Q President Ch Shujjat Hussain, noted politicians Mustafa Khar and Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali; MWM chief Allam Nasir Abbas, Allama Hamid Raza and PAT president Rahique Abbasi. The PAT chairman made two-hour address to the gathering.  Qadri will leave Lahore for Islamabad on tomorrow (Tuesday).  Today, he will hold some important meetings with leaders of different political parties.