Tahir ul Qadri Return to PakistanBy Sameer Shaharyar • Dec 19th, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look • 13 Comments
Has establishment turned it’s eyes towards Tahir ul Qadri as alternate option of Imran Khan or they will patch up both Tahir and Imran to combat the PPP and PML-N come next elections? Things are as murky as they can be already, and with the upcoming return of chief of Minhaj-ul-Quran International and political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), crazy conspiracies are circulating in chilly Islamabad.
Tahir ul Qadri’s personality is quite ambiguous. Not in any suspicious sense, but masses in Pakistan are not clear about his motive. For instance, why he left Pakistan and lived in West for years? And more importantly why all of a sudden he is so upbeat and returning to Pakistan and chanting slogans like ‘Politics or State’?
Tahir ul Qadri has remained in power corridors in different governments. He has held some portfolios over the years in country and has denied some. He has addressed some huge gatherings in India and in UK, but still has yet to make any thudding and resounding impact in Pakistan and that is what he intends to do this time as he returns in few days time.
What’s his program? What’s his agenda? When he rebukes politics and says to save the state, what exactly he means? Is he paving the way for a dictatorial regime or Khilafat or some election-less presidential system? Or he just wants to become a caretaker premier and wants to enjoy a temporary glory?
Yes there are lots of question marks. With a disappointing performance of Imran Khan, there may be a chance that Tahir ul Qadri wants to exploit this gap. But like Imran Khan he knows that he would never be able to get majority or even considerable seats in the assembly, and so that is why he is hoping that he would be able to display some unrest in Punjab and Islamabad through his public gatherings and then malign politicians and call for a long term cleansing setup. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tsunami also supports this Tahir onslaught and they both become frontmen of establishment for the new unelected set up.