Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march started from Lahore on January 13, 2013, challenging “the most corrupt government and the equally corrupt opposition.” But unfortunately, it fell into the lap of the people, who Dr Qadri had been referring to as ‘Yazids’ during the five-day sit-in, after Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on January 17 signed the agreement reached between him and the government’s delegation in Islamabad. It was nothing short of a miracle. The way this drama has been enacted, demonstrates the brilliance of the mastermind and the mavericks of Dr Qadri that led to the signing of the accord, demands a careful examination - act by act:Act One. During his seven years of self-exile in Canada, Dr Qadri preached the concept of liberal and political Islam and having won the West’s acceptability returned to Pakistan for “the cleansing of corrupt politicians of the present and future governments.” He held the first rally at Lahore on December 23, 2012, which was attended by over a million devotees; it was a surprise, indeed! He was provided full protocol and the security that is normally reserved for heads of state.Act Two. Dr Qadri gave the government three weeks to remove all the ills and improve the situation. Otherwise, he would lead a protest march towards Islamabad. Needless to say, the government facilitated him to establish his camp opposite Aiwan-e-Sadr, where no other demonstration or rally has ever been held. For three days and nights, Dr Qadri kept pressurising the government for the acceptability of his demands of “termination of government and threat of takeover by the people’s parliament.” On the fourth day (January 17), Dr Qadri threatened the government to come to terms with his demands, or else face severe consequences. The government got nervous and established a high-level team to negotiate with him.Act Three. The negotiations started after dusk and within four hours succeeded in reaching an agreement that was also signed by the PM. It was read out by Dr Qadri to the utter joy of his devotees. Dr. Qadri and the members of the negotiation team also rejoiced at the deal as “a great victory for democracy and a befitting gift to the nation.” By midnight the drama ended, curtains were drawn and the weary devotees started returning homes, leaving behind a stinking Jinnah Avenue.In the past, there have been several political developments in Pakistan that were unique; some bordering on absurdity like in 1971, the majority in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) chose to separate from the minority in West Pakistan. The political movement of 1968 brought General Yahya Khan to power. In 1977, COAS General Ziaul Haq came into power after the overthrow of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. In 1999, the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), led by the PPP produced General Musharraf, who ruled the country for over 10 years. But having said that, Dr Qadri’s phenomenon is quite different and demands a careful analysis:i  Dr Qadri sought political asylum in Canada in 2005, but he is now politicking in Pakistan.i  Dr Qadri drew a large crowed of over a million in Lahore, drawn mainly from Punjab, but he could not muster more than 35-40 thousand in Islamabad. There was no visible participation from other provinces either, yet he claimed to speak for the Pakistani nation. The government responded to his threat of revolution, at a time when he was totally isolated and his devotees were quietly slipping away. Why did the government boost-him-up, when his options were limited and he was almost in a blind alley.i  Dr Qadri put up seven demands, five were rejected and only two were conceded with amendments. In the process the Prime Minister was made to sign the agreement relegating himself to the position of Dr Qadri, the head of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), who was also awarded the right to suggest the names of the care-taker Prime Minister and also to change the composition of the Election Commission.i  The government also awarded sanctity to Qadri’s movement by calling it Long March Declaration. Thus for all political purposes, Dr Qadri was made part of the government.i  Dr Qadri has been helped to create a new political power base of the left in Punjab, in support of the PPP, encouraging the religious right, to make similar demands for marches and jalsas in sensitive zones of Islamabad.i  The Shia community in Pakistan remains part of the majority, yet with the emergence of Qadri’s phenomenon, the Shia representation in his movement, coincided with the killing of Hazaras in Quetta by foreign agents, which caused countrywide agitation. Thus, there was a visible design to create a Shia power-base in the country, which our enemies have failed to create, despite years of Shia-Sunni riots, killings and direct foreign intervention, such as in Parachinar.Who is the brain behind Dr Qadri’s movement? How it will impact the coming elections? Who is it to foretell peace and political stability in Pakistan? Thus, the enigma of Dr Qadri’s movement for change would linger on, leaving one wondering if change means tons of revolutionary garbage to be left behind on the clean and shining Jinnah Avenue of Islamabad?The writer is a former chief of army staff.Email: friendsfoundation@live.co.uk