tahir-ul-qadri and Minhaj-ul-QuranTahir-Ul-Qadri is another Mullah who plays with nation in the name of Islam. Prime motive of Thair-Ul-Qadri is not to serve Islam or Pakistan but to gain popularity and power in Pakistan from the back door. Lahore High Court Commission rightly wrote in 1990 that he is such a person who could do anything for personal interests (Jang 25.12.2012-back page). The commission was established to investigate whether or not attempt was made to kill him. The finding showed that there was no real attack on him and he only created the scene to gain popularity. Undoubtedly, he is a good market man and finds right people and right tactics to gain popularity. In mid 80s, he concentrated on Muslims iving in Europe and attracted them by distributing free videos of his sermons which tremendously helped him to establish as a religious scholar in Pakistan. He established branches of his own NGO Minahj-ul-Quran in the developed countries which generated millions of dollars from which he established NGO’s empire in Pakistan. Time to time, he also tested his popularity in politics, as well, but hardly achieved any prominent place in this domain. He is a clown who interprets Islam according to his own convenience. For example, he said in the recent public meeting that he did not need to stop his speech when he heard the ‘Azan’ because he had offered his prayer already. Mullahs like him always tell to people that a Muslim cannot offer his prayer before the ‘Azan or Adhan’ (Islmaic call to prayer, which is given 5 times a day from mosques) but do not mind changing rules for themselves. His NGO, Minhaj-ul-Quran, arranges mix social gatherings in Europe and charge enterence tickets but otherwise they oppose of such gatherings for Muslims. These mullahs’ sermon are not source of improving ethics because they nakedly misinterpret Islam for their own vested interests. Ask these religious clowns how much they have improved their social ethics and much they struggled to improve human rights in Muslims countries after obtaining the position of religious scholars. Giving sermon is easy but practicing social side of Islam demands conscious efforts.

Recently, Tahir-Ul-Qadri again came to Pakistan from abroad to enter in the arena of politics. Suspicions are that this was not his own initiative but he request of ‘hidden hands’ who wish to have unrest in the country in order to postpone the coming election. The ‘hidden hands’ arranged a massive public gathering for him, which was not possible for him to do it alone – on his own initiative, he can maximum gather 10-15,000 people around him. It is on the record that he participated in elections but only able to win barely his own seat in the National assembly. The point is that without any secret assistance, it was impossible for him to have a massive gathering of around 100,000. In the public gathering at Lahore, he delivered an absurd speech and made bizarre demands, which became source of gaining attention of tabloid type Pakistani media and public. The contents of his speech show that he had some hidden agenda – most likely postponement of election 2013.

In the speech, without being specific, he criticized procedure of electing people for parliament. He said that it was no problem in postponing the election 2013. Moreover, he threatened that if corrections were not made within three weeks, he would launch a 40 million people long march (If agencies won’t involve, he has no ability to have any long march in which so many people will participate). Along with his speech, it seems that somewhere schemes are cooking to stop incoming election in 2013. Earlier Judiciary passed a verdict for delimiting the Karachi and asked Election Commission to draw new constituencies before the election 2013 and now Tahir-Ul-Qadri demanded to rewrite procedure.

Postponement of elections suits to all who does not wish to see that democracy flourish in Pakistan. Tahir-Ul-Qadri is brought in the seen to further unrest the country. Unrest will make easier for judiciary and army to destabilize the democratic process. Those who dislike democracy fear that if the civil government completed its tenure first time in the history of Pakistan, it will be difficult to stop the process of democracy. People like Tahir-Ul-Qadri and Sheikh Rasheed will be happy to be part of the situation that paves the way for army to take over – the reason is simple that they do not see any room for themselves in democracy. These so-called religious scholars and military supported political leaders always wish to grab power from the backdoor and inflict miseries on people in the name of Islam. For example, Tahir ul Qadri is on record along with Jammat Islami assisted Zia-ul-Haq regime in creating notorious Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws (Copenhagen Post 2012), which destabilize harmony and peace in the society.

It is quite interesting that all corrupt people like Tahir-Ul-Qadri, Asif Zardri, Nawaz Sharif, Shujaat Hussain etc., make so much noise about corruption but hardly tell about their source of income. For example, in one of the interviews with the daily Jung, Thair Ul Qadri boosted off that he donated all money to his own trust that he earned through books but did not say a single word on his source of earning that provide him to maintain a luxurious life. Can he really earn so much money by delivering lectures on Islam on TV channels that he could lead a luxurious life, live abroad and frequently travel around the world? He should tell to people from where he got the funds to arrange such a large public gathering. The accounts of Minhaj-ul-Quran should be audited to find out source of earning of the trust and to know where money was spent. People of Pakistan can serve Pakistan best and change their destiny by rejecting all the politicians and so-called religious scholar like Zardari, Tahir-Ul-Qadri, Nawaz Sharief, Pervaiz Illahi and their nominees. Instead of giving vote to established politicians and religious actors, the best is to elect unknown faces.


Sharjeel Memon accused him that he contested election in Musharraf’ regime even though he was a dual nationlity holder (http://e.jang.com.pk/12-27-2012/lahore/pic.asp?picname=1562.gif). According to Pakistani constitution, dual nationality holder cannot contest election. If this is true, does it suit him to make a lie while submitting his nomination paper, especially, when he claims to be a pious muslim?

Nadeem Yousaf

Uploaded on 25. 12.2012


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