#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN (Islamabad) – June 23 – A prominent cleric landed in Pakistan on Monday as his supporters clashed with police in Islamabad.
(Arrival of Cleric and Activist Tahirul Qadri)
The plane carrying Tahirul Qadri circled above Benazir Bhutto International Airport near Islamabad for an hour and a half before it was diverted to the eastern city of Lahore, Reuters said. Qadri, a Pakistani preacher turned political activist who usually lives in Canada, is a divisive figure in Pakistan.
(Supporters Clash with Police)
On 25 May 1989, Qadri founded a political party, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). This party aims to introduce the culture of democracy, promote economic stability, and improve the state of human rights, justice, and women’s roles in Pakistan. The PAT also aims to remove corruption from Pakistani politics. Its official website contains its formal manifesto. In 1990, Qadri participated in the national election.
(Tahirul ul-Qadri Giving Interview on his Political Ideas)
(From 1989 to 1993, Qadri Continuously Worked as an Opposition Leader)
He was also elected as a Member of the National Assembly for his constituency. On 29 November 2004, Qadri announced his resignation as a Member of the National Assembly. Qadri views an Islamic state as a Muslim-majority country which respects freedom, the rule of law, global human rights (including religious freedom), social welfare, women’s rights and the rights of minorities.
(Announces Madinah as Political Unit)
He also claims that the Constitution of Medina "declared the state of Madinah as a political unit". He also mentions that the Constitution declared the "indivisible composition of the Muslim nation (Ummah)". With respect to the Constitution of Medina, Qadri says: "This was the constitution, which provided the guarantee of fundamental human rights in our history." He believes that "a constitution is a man-made law and by no means it can be declared superior to a God-made law."
(Constitution of Medina )
Qadri apparently made contradictory statements regarding his role in the making of Pakistan’s blasphemy Law. In an Urdu-language speech he said: "I would like to lift the veil that this blasphemy law … it was I who had this law made, that no matter who commits blasphemy, whether Muslim or Non-Muslim, man or woman, Christian or Jew, whoever commits blasphemy should be killed like a dog!" Yet in another video he says: "Whatever the Law of blasphemy is, is not applicable on non Muslims, is not applicable on Jews, Christians, and any other non-Muslims.
I was never a part of shaping this law in the parliament made by Zia-ul-Haq –
Zia-ul-Haq died in an air crash near Bhawalpur on August 17, 1988. The accident proved to be very costly for the country as almost the entire military elite of Pakistan was on-board.
Though United States’ Ambassador to Pakistan was also killed in the misfortune, yet many do not rule out U. S. involvement in the sabotage.
They believe that United States could not afford Pakistan to oppose Geneva Accord and thus they removed the biggest hurdle in their way. The remains of Zia-ul-Haq were buried in the premises of Faisal Mosque, Islamabad.
His death brought a large number of mourners to attend his funeral, including a large number of Afghanis, which proved to be one of the biggest in the history of the country.
During his rule, Zia-ul-Haq tried his utmost to maintain close ties with the Muslim World. He made vigorous efforts along with other Muslim States to bring an end to the war between Iran and Iraq.
Pakistan joined the Non-Aligned Movement in 1979 during Zia-ul-Haq’s term.
He also fought a war by proxy in Afghanistan and saved Pakistan from a direct war with Soviet Union.