LAHORE – Tehrik-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has reiterated that none of his family will take part in the upcoming elections. Addressing a press conference at the TMQ secretariat on Tuesday, he said, “It is a symbolic decision taken to promote democracy within the party.” Qadri said he would continue to guide Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) which was free to decide on taking part in the electoral process or otherwise. He said the PAT would take a final decision after Eid Milad-un-Nabi. He said TMQ would continue struggling against the unjust system as well as unfair and illegal activities of politicians and make sincere efforts for the eradication of corruption, ignorance, poverty and lawlessness. He claimed that during the last five years, no legislator of any political party dared to boycott the proceedings of the assemblies against illegal and unjust activities. He further claimed implementation on the Islamabad Declaration neither required constitutional amendments nor any role of the parliament as the entire document concerned the Election Commission which had started work on the electoral reforms. “A specific political party has established ‘electoral dictatorship’ which is a stumbling block in the way of the common man to reach the assemblies. The long march has opened the way of the assemblies for under-privileged people,” he said. He contended had there been army intervention, neither democracy nor peace would have been saved. He said people were disappointed with the prevalent political system, adding democracy should have a mechanism of self-accountability. He reiterated the long march was successful and result-oriented as his legal, constitutional demands were accepted and would be implemented before the upcoming elections. The TMQ chief said his electoral reform agenda would bring revolutionary changes in the country as well as in the life of common and under-privileged people. He claimed the long march had created awareness among the people regarding their political rights.