Lahore: TehreekeMinhajulQuran TMQ chief Allama Tahirul Qadri said on Sunday that he believes in democracy and that his fresh campaign is not aimed at delaying the upcoming general elections in Pakistan, however such elections would be unconstitutional if they don’t guarantee the constitutional rights of people.
“I assure you that today’s gathering is not for the completion of any agency’s agenda. My agenda is not postponement of elections in the country, but I wish only the reforms in electoral system of Pakistan so that it can produce a visionary leadership. I want constitutionality, rule of law and good governance,” said Dr. Tahirul Qadri while addressing a mammoth public meeting at Minar-e-Pakistan.
“I’m struggling for restoration of democracy and to purge this country of feudalism,” said the religious scholar.
“I want to take Pakistan to a new era. It is a gathering of new ideology and elimination of misconceptions.” He vowed that he would be the first to resist if the army made any attempt to seize the power.
He said any system or the government is illegal and unconstitutional if it fails to bring an end to bloodshed, fails to provide security to the citizens, fails to provide rights and fulfill their economic needs. “The present system has collapsed utterly and the government has failed to meet the constitutional requirements envisaged in Constitution,” he said quoting various Articles and Clauses holding the 1973 Constitution in his hands.
Allama Rahirul Qadri questioned: “Could the holding of general elections be justified if the people of country are deprived of constitutional rights”
He described the upcoming elections as ‘Action Replay’ and said 180 million people of Pakistan would not accept elections based on rigging and corruption. “We do not want to save politics, we want to save state and bring in true democracy. We will not allow any body to act against the constitution. We want a system that operates under the Constitution.
Allama Qadri said the people would also have to stop the military interventions.
According to him the Election Commission was not delegated the powers to hold free, fair and independent elections as provided by the Constitution. They have not even the required staff to hold the elections.
In his long address, leader of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran said: “We will not accept unconstitutional elections.
He said corruption has become the manifesto of political parties and added the 70 percent MNAs do not pay taxes.