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Pakistan: Drone hits began as we sheltered terrorists: Dr Qadri


LAHORE, (The News): Tehrik-e-Minhajul Quran leader Dr Allama Muhammad Tahirul Qadri has said that there was a time when the United States helped Pakistan in constructing the Tarbela and Mangla dams, and when we started sheltering terrorist, the drone attacks started.

In an interview on Saturday, Dr Qadri said that no ruler in Pakistan had implemented the articles in the Constitution related to the rights of the people. The Constitution is still suspended in Pakistan. The rulers had made laws and rules repugnant to the Constitution which had to be removed without any delay, he added.

He said the people are lacking awareness and they had again elected those who were disqualified by the Supreme Court on the charge of holding fake degrees.

The political parties are hijacked in this system and the system of winning horses will have to be abolished, he observed, adding: “We can evolve a new structure through adopting good things from all revolutions.”

The Muslim scholar said: “The political ills started in 1989 and I am witness to many interferences, including the fight of the Supreme Court for judicial independence.” He said that a policy to avoid drone attacks can be made. Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan can emerge as a powerful bloc in the region.

“Had I returned to Pakistan earlier, the people might have been accusing me of wanting to break this government. Five years have now been completed and we will resist bringing similar kind of politicians in the future. There was presence of an ideology during the tenures of Ayub, Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. Now the entire country can be registered in anybody’s name just for the sake of power,” he said.

“I wanted to restore the politics of Hazrat Umar Bin Abdul Aziz (RA) and the Quaid-i-Azam. We have to wage Jihad against poverty, for the promotion of health and education services, Dr Qadri added.

Expressing his bonds with the Punjab capital city, he said: “I like Lahore and was feeling sad being away from it. I had reserved seats in two or three flights and reached Lahore in accordance with the schedule.”

Counting his achievements, the Tehrik-e-Minhajul Quran leader said: “I am a writer of more than 675 books and millions of copies have so far been sold. The books were written on diverse issues including Hadith, Tasfeer, Fiqah, the Constitution, politics, comparison of Islamic economics with other foreign economics and anti-terrorism. I have not spent a single penny out of my work for my personal gains. I was close to achieving the Nobel Prize but it was given to the European Union at the eleventh hour owing to territorial reasons.”

He said: “I have been a student of the Constitution and have read constitutions of the UK, USA and other countries during my academic stint at the Punjab University.”

Responding to a query, he claimed that the World Economic Forum had given him formal basic membership after thorough research on different institutions and personalities.

“The presidents and prime ministers from 20 countries are members of this forum. They have given me this role for the promotion of international peace, humanities, tolerance and moderation. UNESCO which is part of the United Nations also consults me as I am its special consultant. You will get my entire profile on my website,” he said.

Dr Qadri said: “I have delivered lectures at the Georgetown University in the USA which was attended by US Air Force, marine and armed forces officials and cadets. When I came out of the university after completing my lecture, the armed force officials saluted me and one of the officials told me that it was for the first time in his life that he had saluted any non American.”

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