LAHORE –PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Tuesday was sure that the agreement signed between the government team and Dr Tahirul Qadri in Islamabad would be implemented in letter and spirit.

The assertion negates the impression created by some PPP leaders that the agreement with Qadri is just a worthless piece of paper. The PML-Q chief who was among the 10-member team signing the Islamabad Declaration with Qadri, addressing a press conference at his residence on Tuesday, said his party would consider forging electoral alliance with Qadri if he decided to take part in the next polls. He said some parliamentarians were negatively commenting on the agreement just for some petty political gains.

Shujaat, without naming anyone among the parliamentarians, said there were some mischievous elements that wanted failure of negotiations with Qadri just for political mileage. Had they succeeded in their plan, there would have been the worst bloodshed in the replay of Lal Masjid operation, he said. He said some parliamentarians, instead of resolving the serious issues, were just playing the role of mischievous spectators.

The PML-Q chief said the participants of the sit-in were only at a five-minute distance from the Parliament House and had Dr Tahirul Qadri asked them to take over the Parliament, those criticising the declaration would not have been safe even in their own homes.

He said the declaration had been signed by the prime minister, seven federal ministers and leaders of the allied parties and they all were its guarantors, adding PML-Q would ensure its implementation and the mischievous elements would face disappointment once again when a mechanism to implement the agreement would be evolved at the January 27 meeting. He said Qadri would be taken on board while forming a caretaker setup.

Shujaat said he had warned the PPP of leaving alliance if any operation was launched against the participants of the TMQ sit-in. Giving a detailed account of events scripted by few in the government to create another Lal Masjid, Shujaat said an operation had started on January 15; the interior minister telephoned him on January 16, saying Qadri had somehow escaped and they were going to launch an operation to disperse the people, but he prevented Malik from doing so.

Shujaat said he talked to the prime minister and President Asif Ali Zardari in Karachi and told them that replay of Lal Masjid operation had been planned by the Interior Ministry on which the president immediately called the quarters concerned and directed them to stay away from any adventure of bloodshed on the streets of Islamabad. He said he had also asked the prime minister to order the administration that there should be no operation at all costs.

The PML-Q chief, suspecting personal motives of few in the government, sent his younger brother, Chaudhry Wajahat, along with some loyalists in disguise to keep a vigil on the situation in the TMQ sit-in to avert a chaos in the result of an operation planned by Rehman Malik.

The PML-Q chief said the government in Islamabad was expecting end of the march on its way to Islamabad, but it not only reached the federal capital but also grew stronger on its arrival in Islamabad. He praised the discipline and spirit of the participants of Tehrik-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran’s long march and wisdom of Dr Tahirul Qadri for handling the march.