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Dr.Tahir-ul-Qadri: “The Canary in a Coal Mine” and the Raiwind Rats

Dr.Tahir-ul-Qadri, “The Canary in a Coal Mine” and the Raiwind Rats




Early coal mines did not feature ventilation systems, so legend has it that miners would bring a caged canary into new coal seams. Canaries are especially sensitive to methane and carbon monoxide, which made them ideal for detecting any dangerous gas build-ups. As long as the bird kept singing, the miners knew their air supply was safe. A dead canary signaled an immediate evacuation.  Dr.Tahir-ul Qadri is like a canary in a coal mine. He is not dead, but, his message is dead as far as the  so-called malevolent “democratic,” ruling junta of Pakistan led by Asif Zardari, PPP, and their cohorts, Nawaz Shariff, PML(N), and the rest of the stinking and malodorously corrupt, menagerie of Pakistan’s ruling elite and obnoxiously rich feudals.

EinsteinTahir-ul-Qadri is a man of the masses. He is well tuned to their dreams, desires, and needs.  Unlike, Imran Khan, his following comes from both rural and urban masses of Pakistan. He is a man of vision and has dreamt the same dream, which most Pakistanis would like their nation to be. But, unfortunately, an honest and sincere person can be duped very easily. In Tahir-ul-Qadri’s case he fell into a pool of crocodiles, the “mugger-mutch,” called status quo politicians. When they found that their franchise of 65 years was being threatened, they quickly closed ranks, and went into a long huddle in Raiwind. When they came out, they had a plan to de-neutralize Dr.Qadri. First, they formed a circle of unity around him and played on his sincerity and agreed to all his demands, while they kept their best strategist Asif Zardari, tune into their Anti-Qadri Huddle and Strategy Sessions, via remote control. Finally, they came out of the Raiwind Rat Hole and poor Qadri Sahib fell right into their trap. Every great leader has a certain amount of narcissism and Qadri Sahib is no exception. Therefore, the Raiwind Rats started eulogizing the great vision of Allama Qadri. They even signed the Long March Agreement, which they had no intention of honoring from the get go. The Islamabad Long March ended without firing a shot. All was hunky dory and Allama Qadri felt vindicated. But, little did he know, that the whole government rapprochement psychology was just a charade, a mere mirage, to de-fang the cobra, which would have ended 65 years of tyranny of the feudal oligarch. In doing so, these Denizens of Hades, destroyed the only Ray of Hope, the long suffering 180 million politically, socially, and economically abused people of Pakistan. But, be warned, warts and all, Tahir-ul-Qadri tried to bring about a peace change in a 200 years old Colonialists established feudalistic society. He was masterfully neutralized by a cancerous gang of thugs called Pakistan’s political elite, made-up of crooked politicians, like Asif Zardari, Chaudhrys of Gujrat, Asfandyar Wali, Mulla Fazlur Rahman a.k.a “Mulla Diesel, and JI.

You may ask what the future holds for Pakistan?  The answer is that the current status quo may continue till the elections. But, once they start all hell will break lose if the same cabal of political Mafiosi retain power. Pakistan has been reduced to the level of chaotic Somalia. The country is armed to the teeth and the masses of people are hungry. There will come a time, when Pakistani politicians will get religion. They will pray for another mortal messiah, like Qadri.  Allah sends warners to all nations.

The Glorious Qur’an mentions in Surah Fatir, chapter 35 verse 24 “ . . . And there never was a people, without a Warner having lived among them (in the past).” [Al-Qur’an 35:24].

The Warners came in the shape of Prophets or Allah’s messengers.  The Last Prophet was Muhammad (SAW), who was sent to All Mankind, to give the Last Message of Allah, the Lord and Creator of All Universes, Rab- il-Alameen.  Muhammad (SAW) was the Seal of the Prophets (No Prophet will succeed him). However, Allah continues to send warners, who are not Prophets, but ordinary human beings, who do extraordinary things. They come deliver their people from bondage and misery of tyrannical rulers and societies. Among the notables of our time are Mr. Abdus Sattar Edhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, and Cesar Chavez.

If there is no heed paid to the modern day “warners,” the results can be disastrous. Case in point, Quaid-e-Azam had warned the British about the machinations of Hindus, including Gandhi, Nehru, and Patel, in grabbing major portion of the then British Sub-Continent. The British paid no heed, because, they were in a hurry to cut their losses and make a quick exit, thus leaving a flaming sub-continent. Millions of poor and indigent people paid with their lives. Demonic ethnic and religious forces unleashed and the sub continent was left in shambles.

Dr.Tahir ul Qadri is nothing but a warner, to a nation of errant ruling elite. They have made a mockery of not only his ideas, but incessantly, ridiculed his personality and his visage. Third rate individuals like Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira, a bucolic yokel, tried comedic impersonation of the Islamic Jurisprudence Scholar. Others cast a doubt on his motives and made sinister allegations about his character and motives, without providing a verifiable argument. Low IQ individuals, like the former cowardly PM Nawaz Shariff denigrated Allama Qadri’s organization and his mission. Long story short, without paying attention to his message, they figuratively shot the messenger.


So what comes next may not be a peaceful transition, rather a Bloody Revolution is on the horizon in Pakistan.  The 180 million Pakistan are FEd-UP and will NOT take it anymore. The posh houses of DHA in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad, may end up in a flaming inferno instigated by the rampaging hordes of starving Pakistanis. The Pakistan Military may not be able to control, a total descent of society into chaos.  Qadri is a canary


History tends to repeat itself, although, the circumstances or locale may be different, but economic repression and penury of the masses lead to bloody revolutions. In France, Bastille was a cultural paradigm and a case study on the history of French political culture. Its storming and subsequent fall of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789 and how it came to represent the cornerstone of the French Revolution, becoming a symbol of the repression of the Old Regime.  Similarly, the Islamabad is a cultural icon and a center of Pakistan’s political cross currents. It is unlike any other city in Pakistan and during Dr.Qadri’s Long March the have-nots of Pakistan in their thousands if not millions, saw, how the elite of Pakistan lives in the lap of luxury, while, they cannot afford one square meal a day.  They have long memories and their first target will be the Presidency and the Prime Minister’s House.  Mr. Zardari and Raja “Rental” Pervez, be well advised to start practicing their escape routes. Dubai, may not be a good option, if that’s their Plan B. It has thousands of Pakistanis, who come from the economically deprived classes of Pakistan.  They may make both their lives hell or even cause them harm to them. So, as they say, “People Stay Tuned,” the canary in the mine has died, next comes…

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Rafia Zakaria, The Hindu-India : The cleric and the cricketer

The cleric and the cricketer Rafia Zakaria

Published: January 16, 2013
AP APPEARANCES: Tahir-ul-Qadri seems to have evaded all usual categories that have exhausted and enraged Pakistanis. Supporters of Tahir-ul-Qadri at a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday. 
AP Imran Khan at a rally in Mianwali, north Pakistan. File Photo 
Tahir-ul-Qadri could well be called Imran Khan with better timing, a beard and a more religiously appealing resume 
Whether or not the neatly bearded cleric commanding the crowds in Islamabad will succeed in toppling the flailing Zardari government may not be known, but he has undoubtedly been blessed by the benevolence of good timing. The week before Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri began to gather his supporters for the march on Islamabad was bloody even by Pakistan’s recent death smeared standards. On January 10, 2013, the Wednesday before the march, two bomb blasts ripped through the embattled city of Quetta killing over a hundred of the city’s beleaguered Shia Hazara minority. North of Islamabad, in the town of Swabi, another bomb blew up a seminary killing another 20. In the south in Karachi, in the shadow of a 2012 that saw over 2,000 killed in targeted attacks of varied origin, a single hour of the same day saw 11 shot dead outside a homeopathic hospital. Two days in Pakistan and over 200 killed. And those were the extraordinary troubles, the ravages that came atop the fuel strikes in Karachi that routinely paralyse millions of commuters, the natural gas shortages in Punjab that prevent hordes from cooking their evening meals, the measles epidemic sucking life out of hundreds of children in Sindh and scores of health workers felled by the Taliban. 
Scepticism to blame 
Against this grim backdrop of failure; arrived an Allama from Canada, the leader of a group named Minhaj ul Quran; known not for its politics but long advocated “moral and spiritual reform.” It is not that Pakistan has not ridden the heady waves of fiery reformers before. Most would remember the rousing rallies in which Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf leader cricketer Imran Khan drew thousands and, by some ebullient estimates, even hundreds of thousands to his ranks. His too was a promising cross-sectional mix; fervent Pakistani youth, bearded and clean shaven, headscarved and not, rich and not so rich all united under the umbrella of change. The dimensions for the cricketer of yore were similar to the cleric of now; a new figure willing to take on the feudals who have clutched onto power for too long; able to whet with sportycharm the nationalist passions of a politician wary Pakistani public. Imran Khan spoke of accountability and avarice and grabbing the collars of all the fattened bureaucrats and lethargic leaders; the men who didn’t pay taxes and turned their backs on the poor and cared little for the tears of the unconnected and the ordinary.
But if the ache for change was on the side of the charismatic cricketer; timing may not have been, and the space between the engagement and the wedding proved too long, as the months to the promised elections of 2013 crept by ever so slowly, the slow poison of scepticism began to settle into the cracks in the promised upheaval and wedge themselves into crevices. Was he accepting too many feudals into his ranks, wasn’t his house just as big as those of other leaders, and wasn’t his ex-wife British? None of it was damning, but together it dampened the flames of a fire-driven machinery just enough. 
Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri then could well be called Imran Khan with better timing, a beard and a more religiously appealing resume. To the Pakistani public, all of it makes him absolutely irresistible, a harbinger of change at a time when any change at all seems better than the crushing punishing status quo. Like the protesters in other parts of the Muslim world; Tahir-ul-Qadri’s supporters seem to have no decided agenda; asking at once for the dismissal of a duly elected government and a return to constitutionalism and the rule of law. The microphones at the Qadri march blared at one moment thumping patriotic music and at another the calls to prayer. The mix would be confusing if it wasn’t so particularly Pakistani — with his amalgamation of faith and moderation, his repeated avowal of spiritual and moral reform and his insistence on peaceful protest; Tahir-ul-Qadri seems to have evaded all the usual categories that have exhausted and enraged Pakistanis. He is neither the violent Islamist nor the fattened feudal, not the ethnic commander nor the tattling technocrat and in being nothing, he seems to have come dangerously close to becoming the something many Pakistanis would like to follow. 
The danger of course lies in the very ambiguity Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri has been able to harness. Most troubling among these is the fact that unlike Imran Khan and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, he has decided to operate outside the party system, never attempting to create a political party but harnessing the reformist power of a faith-based reform movement to gather thousands in the streets. To the most pessimistic, watching a bearded man, who speaks of constitutionalism but not of contesting democratic elections; of getting rid of a government without enumerating the basis of selection of the next, who gives few details of what would happen after the corrupt and inept leaders of now are finally dragged out of office, seems a dangerous mix away from Pakistan’s always delicate democracy. If they are correct, the appearance of Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri may seem the first visible symptom of a long secret ailment ravaging Pakistan; the Pakistani public’s decades long move away from feudal and technocrat dominated politics and decrepit institutions to the faith-based reform movements that have no faith in the party system. Or it could be the usual Pakistani disease; a new front for a military always waiting in the shadows, always impatient with political transitions and able perhaps to create just the right man to fit just the morose mood. To the supporters of Tahir-ul-Qadri huddled in borrowed blankets and threadbare sweaters, in the settling fog of a cold Islamabad night, the details of such dynamics may not matter at all, their chilled and weary focus remaining instead simply on change, in any form and at any cost and under the leadership of any man. 
(Rafia Zakaria is a PhD candidate in Political Theory/Comparative Politics at Indiana University, Bloomington. E-mail: rafia.zakaria@gmail.com)

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WASHINGTON POST,Richard Leiby:Pakistan averts, for now, two new crises

Pakistan averts, for now, two new crises

B.K. Bangash/AP – Pakistani Sunni cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri addresses a rally from his bullet-proof container, center, in Islamabad, Pakistan on Jan. 17, 2013. After four days of protests, Qadri came away with government pledges to enact measures that would help weed out candidates linked to corruption.

By Thursday, January 17, 5:18 PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — After days of anti-government protests, sectarian violence and political turmoil, Pakistan managed on Thursday to retreat from the brink of the kind of chaos that has often ushered in military rule during the nation’s 65-year history.

Two cliffhanger developments provided a measure of stability in this nuclear-armed country: The Supreme Court delayed the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on corruption allegations, while the government bowed, in part, to the demands of a populist Muslim preacher whose followers had amassed in the capital by the tens of thousands in hopes of dissolving Parliament.

As protests escalate in Pakistan before the spring elections, former CIA officer and Brookings Institution fellow Bruce Riedel offers a glimpse into the country’s complex political process.

As protests escalate in Pakistan before the spring elections, former CIA officer and Brookings Institution fellow Bruce Riedel offers a glimpse into the country’s complex political process.

The cleric, Tahirul Qadri, a religious moderate who heads a network of Islamic schools and charities here and worldwide, emerged mysteriously last month, returning to his native Pakistan after seven years in Canada to denounce government corruption and promote electoral reform.

On Thursday, after four days of protests that shut down the capital’s commercial core, Qadri came away with government pledges to enact measures that officials said would help weed out political candidates linked to corruption. Principally, the government agreed to dissolve Parliament before March 16, when its five-year term expires, to provide a 90-day period before elections are held.

“Allah granted us a victory and now you can go home,” Qadri told his supporters, according to the Reuters news agency.

Qadri supported the 1999 coup that brought Gen. Pervez Musharraf to power, and the cleric’s current calls for military help in establishing a caretaker government prompted many analysts to see him as a stalking horse for another dictatorship as Pakistan prepares for elections that would be its first-ever democratic transition of administrations.

Qadri denied such an intention and ultimately dropped his demand for the government’s immediate resignation.

Qadri’s followers exited the capital triumphantly, singing and chanting, after cold, rainy nights huddled in tents and around wood fires. They said they had helped prevent what they call political “dacoits” — or thieves — from looting the country by using their connections to obtain positions of power.

Ashraf is a prime example, they say. He stands accused of taking kickbacks in his previous post as energy minister in a privatization program that did nothing to solve the nation’s relentless electricity shortages.

Ashraf’s arrest was ordered Tuesday by the Supreme Court, which said Pakistan’s major anti-corruption agency had failed to act quickly enough in the case brought against him nearly a year ago. He has denied the allegations.

The evening brought another political palliative as delegates from various ruling-coalition parties signed off on a declaration drafted in Qadri’s bulletproof truck, which supporters guarded with cane poles and sticks fashioned from tree branches amid warnings that Islamic extremists were plotting to kill the anti-Taliban cleric.

His followers asserted that they hoped through the protests to change the image of Pakistan as a failing state and kleptocracy. Many demanded that the government secure the country against terrorism and rising sectarian attacks, citing last week’s bombing against Shiite Muslims that killed more than 100 people in Baluchistan province.

“This victory is not for us, but for the people of Pakistan,” said Saleem Heider, a 34-year-old high school political science teacher who joined Qadri’s movement.

But some Qadri foes said that the agreement was more public relations than anything else and that it merely reinforced constitutional requirements.

“It is a sort of honorable exit for the maverick mullah,” said Raza Rumi, a liberal writer with the Jinnah Institute, an Islamabad think tank. “The existing law will be implemented, so what’s the big deal?”


Shaiq Hussain contributed to this report.


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M Fazal Elahi : Letter in support of Dr Qadri

In support of Dr Qadri



By Letter
Published: January 13, 2013


ISLAMABAD: Since the past couple of weeks, the entire country has been abuzz with news of Long March to Islamabad. This march is being led to the capital by none other than Allama Tahiru Qadri, a Pakistani scholar of international acclaim.

Announcement of the long march was made by Mr Qadri during his momentous address to a mammoth gathering of people at the Minar-e-Pakistan on December 23, 2012. Since his address, the Maulana seems to have become a household name in Pakistan. The reason for this is none other than the fact that whatever Mr Qadri has been talking about and demanding from those in power relates to the greater public good.

Undoubtedly, the nation is quite perturbed and to some extent also excited about this new development. Excruciatingly painful circumstances compel them to believe that Mr Qadri is perhaps, the messiah they have been waiting for all these years to resolve all their problems and liberate them from the clutches of the unjust rulers, who have ruled this country for over six decades. While people are excited, those at the citadel of power and those aspiring to be in power seem to be extremely anxious. They all agree on at least one point: that whatever Mr Qadri is talking about and demanding is what is urgently required to be done. They do not, however, believe that he is sincere in bringing about the change that he has been so vociferously asserting at all his recent speeches and press conferences.

These political groups also have doubts about Mr Qadri’s abilities to govern this country and blame him for playing with the emotions of the people through his use of rhetoric. Yet, another element that seems to be seriously tormenting the politicians of this country is the fear that Mr Qadri has, perhaps, come with a foreign agenda to derail democracy in Pakistan and pave the way for the non-democratic forces to grab power.

Whatever Mr Qadri’s detractors may say about him, the fact remains that he is talking about bringing true democracy to Pakistan, giving the people of this country the right to basic amenities of life; education, health, food, shelter and employment as enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, implementing all the clauses of the Constitution of Pakistan in letter and in spirit, empowering the masses to elect the right people to parliament, and empowering the chief election commissioner and the Election Commission of Pakistan to conduct free and fair elections.

Can anyone deny that all that Mr Qadri is saying is what has never been done, in tangible terms, before and needs to be done urgently? Can anyone also deny that true progress and prosperity of this nation and this country largely depend on implementing the measures that he is demanding be enacted? The appropriate thing to do at this critical juncture for like-minded and sincere elements belonging to all political groups, is to join hands and take the country and the people out of the quagmire they are at present in.

The journey may be long and arduous but for the sake of this country and this nation, it will have to be undertaken no matter what it takes.



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