Sunday Aug 10, 2014

'Revolution march' to begin on August 14: Tahirul Qadri

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief, Dr. Tahirul Qadri Sunday said the ‘revolution march’ will begin on August 14.

“No one will return till the government is toppled and the system changed,” Dr. Qadri told his workers and asked them to take a pledge by raising their hands.

He went on to the extent of saying that ‘if anyone comes back before changing the system he too be martyred’.

Addressing the PAT workers who had gathered here to observe the party’s Yaum-e-Shuhda, the PAT chief said both ‘Azadi March’ of Imran Khan and ‘revolution march’ of his party will be staged on the same day of August 14.

He told his workers to avenge the martyrdom of their colleagues on their own. "Do not expect justice from the country’s institutions," he added.

Paying rich tributes to the ‘Shuhda’ (martyrs) of his party, he said the incumbent government’s days are numbered.

Dr. Qadri said 22 workers his party had so far lost their lives since Lahore’s Model Town Tragedy.

He said FIRs for four martyred party workers and 90 injured had not yet been registered.

Dr. Qadri said Model Town has been turned into Gaza for the past seven days while thousands of PAT workers have been injured and hundreds still missing.

He said the country had never witnessed such atrocities in its entire history and now neither the cruel nor cruelty would prevail. “Their days are numbered,” he warned.

The PAT chief said no one should expect the revolution to be like a wreath of flowers. A bright future cannot be secured without sacrifices, he added.

He said he had threats of being martyred anytime but he is not afraid of anything except Almighty Allah. He dared the ‘barbarians’ to come and kill him if they so desired. “I am not sitting in any container.”

“I am fighting a war of revolution for the oppressed, traders, farmers, and the poor people of Pakistan,” he said.

Dr. Qadri said baseless charges of money laundering and tax evasion were leveled against him but added that he had never missed paying tax over the past 30 years.

He said the government has deployed the likes of ‘Gulu Butt’ all across Pakistan.