Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the leader of Pakistan Awami Tehreek, has said that upcoming elections and corruption are ‘twin brothers’ and the Election Commission is their ‘father’. He said that the dream of real democracy would never be fulfilled in the country in their presence. He said that if the people wanted to get rid of the oppression wrought by the system, they would have to send ‘the entire family’ packing. He asked the people to attend PAT’s public sit-ins on the polling day, which would pave the way for change of the corrupt system.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri expressed these views while talking to PAT’s Secretary General Khurram Nawaz Gundapur telephonically from London yesterday.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the nation would have to decide whether to save the corrupt politics or the state founded by the Quaid-e-Azam. He said that the present electoral system was pushing the people towards rebellion and revolution. He said that if the loan defaulters, tax evaders and fake degree holders were elected, the responsibility would squarely lie on the shoulders of the Election Commission. He said that those claiming to bring about change would be left to fend for themselves. He said that only then they would know the evilness of the system. He said that the nation would come to know the next day following the elections as to what it lost and gained. He said that unless the nation rose up against the electoral system, it would not get anything.
Dr Qadri said that the politics of deal making practised by the corrupt mafia across party divide was exposed after the December 23 and historic long march. He claimed that much more would come to public knowledge soon. He said that the Parliament, which approved 18th, 19th and 20th Constitutional Amendments, consisted of hundreds of fake degree holders and dual nationals. He said that the nation was justified to ask the legal and constitutional bodies as to what was the status of amendments passed by legislators with such ‘credentials’. He asked why those entrusted with the responsibility of delivering justice were mum on this state of affairs. He further asked as to which democracy would come into being after such fake degree holders and dual nationals were allowed to get elected in controversial elections.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that it was important to determine as to what would be the constitutional status of a Parliament consisting of incompetent, tax evading, loan defaulting and fake degree holding people, were they allowed to get elected to legislatures by the ECP. He said that only the Commission would be held responsible for the election of such elements with dubious track records. He said that politicians, political parties and the institutions established by them were geared to protect the system, which was purely anti-people and anti-justice. He said that these elections would fail to bring about any positive change given this background and the country would be pushed into further discord and chaos. He said that May 11 would draw a clear line when those supporting the system would be on the one side and those rejecting it in toto would be aligned together on the other. He said that those rejecting the system would end up saving the nation.