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June 24, 2014

Qadri made to land in Lahore

June 24, 2014

LAHORE: Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri returned to Pakistan on Monday amidst turmoil spanning over six hours at the Lahore airport, where his flight had been diverted after it was not allowed to land in Islamabad “for security reasons”.
Enraged at the diversion to Lahore, Dr Qadri refused to come out of the plane citing lack of confidence in the security of the Punjab government as a reason. He put forward a number of conditions for disembarking from the plane.
He demanded that he should be provided the army’s security till he reached his home, and the corps commander Lahore or his representatives should come to negotiate with him.
His other conditions were: he should be provided guarantee of his life security; a bullet-proof vehicle should be provided to him along with permission to his personal security guards to reach his plane, and that his travel from the aircraft to his home should be covered live by TV channels.
The stand-off involving the MQI, Punjab government, district government Lahore, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the private airline, continued as the corps commander and the provincial government rejected his demands.
The situation worsened after four hours’ unsuccessful negotiations when the airline threatened to lodge a case of forced detention and hijacking against the Pakistani aviation authorities. Later, Dr Qadri expressed his willingness to come out of the plane provided the Punjab governor comes to negotiate with him and his personal guards and a bullet-proof vehicle are provided to him.
Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar rushed to the airport after the Punjab government requested him to respond to the situation. Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Q Punjab President and Dr Qadri’s newfound political ally Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi also reached the airport, along with his own bullet-proof vehicle, to bring him out of the aircraft and help tackle the situation. PML-Q President Chaudhry

Shujaat Hussain had already been advocating before the media that Dr Qadri had not demanded the corps commander Lahore negotiate with him and provide him security. climax when finally Dr Qadri and Punjab governor alighted from the airplane as a result of half an hour negotiations between them. The resolution provided much needed relief to dozens of other passengers, who had remained hostage to the situation for over six hours.
The situation appeared far from over when Dr Qadri put forward another condition that arrangements should be made for him to visit Jinnah Hospital Lahore first, as he wanted to inquire about the health of his party’s injured workers there. It followed another round of hectic arrangements to clear the way to Jinnah Hospital and ensure security on the hospital premises for the high-profile delegation.
Hundreds of parked vehicles and motorcycles were removed from the parking lot and further entry of all vehicles of patients and their attendants were banned. The Administration Block gate was especially opened and the parking lot was cleared to facilitate the visit.
The visitors reached the hospital with Dr Qadri being protected through bullet-proof sheets by his personal security guards. Dr Qadri visited six of his party workers in General Ward and four in the ICU before inquiring from the hospital medical superintendent about the treatment status.
Meanwhile, hundreds of MQI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers also reached the hospital. They kept raising slogans outside the hospital all the time and left the place along with their leader when he came out of hospital to go to his home.
After reaching Model Town, Dr Qadri first went to his house amidst slogan-raising workers, who welcomed him outside his house. Female party workers, waiting at the main gate, showered rose petals on him as he came out of the bullet-proof vehicle under the cover of bullet-proof sheets.
He went inside his home and remained with his family for about 15 minutes before coming out again. He reached the MQI Secretariat, waving to the workers’ crowd. He met the party leaders and remained with them for a few minutes before coming to the stage to address the media waiting for him for several hours.
During all this period, the Punjab police were nowhere to be seen around the PAT Secretariat. Security was handled by the PAT workers and a group of security guards hired from a private company. A large number of workers including women and children had been waiting for their leader in the adjoining park since morning, watching the day’s events on news feeds on large screens, and occasionally raising slogans.
Dr Qadri’s address proved to be the parting moment for them, as they started leaving the scene soon after it. A windstorm and heavy rain also helped them reach the decision of leaving for their homes late in the evening.
In his address, Dr Qadri announced he would give a call for a revolution in the country after consultations with his political allies and the Sharifs-led government would be toppled soon. “We will change the system before conduct of elections.” There will be Tehran-like revolution in Pakistan soon, he said.
Dr Qadri was all praise for Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar, and termed him a sagacious and sensible person, wondering why the Punjab governor was not consulted on the issue of removal of barricades from outside his home and his party’s secretariat in Model Town some days ago. Otherwise, he added, the bloodshed could have been avoided.
He said his plane was hijacked by the government. He said he wanted to land in Islamabad and then come to Lahore but the rulers diverted the flight and forced his plane to land in Lahore. “I wanted to come to Lahore from Islamabad but the government panicked and diverted my plane,” he added.
He also lauded the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Sunni Ittehad Council and the media for standing by his party during the entire episode of trial and expressed his gratitude for showing such valuable support.
Dr Qadri alleged that the Pakistan Muslim League-N intentionally committed the massacre of his party’s workers. He re-affirmed that he had returned home according to his promised schedule to take revenge on the rulers for their crimes and for throwing them out of their palaces. He said the revolution he had been promising had now become the writing on the wall.
Amidst a heavy gale of winds, he continued his speech, warning the PML-N government that their days were numbered now and that no amount of tyranny could restrain the spirited MQI workers from throwing them out of their palaces.
Online adds: Dr Qadri said, “I urge my supporters to have some patience. I am going to announce a final date for the revolution soon.” “Our workers have laid the foundation of the revolution with their blood,” he said.
“I will fight a war against Sharif brothers. Soon they will find out that a revolution was knocking at their doors.” He said he had packed up everything in Canada and returned to Pakistan to lead a revolution.“I am here for the 20 crore people of this nation,” said Qadri. Describing Nawaz and Shahbaz as the biggest terrorists, he said their government would be toppled soon.
He told his followers that soon the corrupt leaders would be held accountable, adding that he could be killed but the revolution would not be stopped. He called the present leaders thugs and criminals. “The rulers will try to escape, but they will be put behind bars. 10, 000 houses can be built at Raiwind Palace,” he said.
He said he would avenge the death of his supporters and stay in Pakistan till corruption ends, and justice is served. “The Lahore incident is an example of state terrorism,” added the PAT leader.

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