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Qadri’s sojourn

After what can only be described as his ‘vacations’, the Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri left for London on Thursday and vowed to take up the Model Town massacre case at the international forum. Dr Qadri said that he would fight the case of the Model Town massacre in the International Court of Justice and raise the issue with the European Union since it was an act of terrorism committed by the state.

Dr Qadri had arrived in Pakistan back in mid-July and had vowed to pressurize the government into holding an impartial inquiry into the Model Town massacre.

During his stay in Pakistan Dr Qadri organized a number of rallies and sit-ins and also launched the Qasas movement asking public to ‘come out onto the streets and grab the collars of our rulers and end corruption in the country.’

In 20 Dr Qadri had initiated the Inqilab March and later joined forces with Imran Khan for a months long sit-in. Qadri’s critics have vehemently chastised him for ‘brainwashing the people’ and ‘using them for personal interests’ citing that he only spends a few months in Pakistan. During his recent stay in the country the cleric also called upon the army chief General Raheel Sharif to provide justice to the victims of the tragedy through military courts.

His departure has also left Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in limbo with regards to their proposed Raiwind March, the Imran Khan led party was hopeful that Qadri will join them in the march towards Raiwind. However, a few days ago the Awami Tehreek Chief sidelined his party from the Raiwind March.

Tahir-ul-Qadri’s departure has left Tehreek-e-Insaf in limbo.

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