#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – October 23 – Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the Pakistani-Canadian cleric whose supporters have overrun the government quarter of Islamabad in a protest against corruption, on Monday issued a darkly mysterious ultimatum.
Canadian cleric ‘ready to be martyred’ as he sets two-day deadline for end of ‘corrupt’ Pakistani government
Waving a burial shroud, Mr. Qadri, 63, who has twice left a quiet life of retirement near Toronto for the roiling cauldron of Pakistani politics, set a 48-hour deadline for the resignation of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister.
Failing that, Mr. Qadri told thousands of supporters his own life could be the price.
“I am giving this deadline today as I am ready to be martyred and I have taken the last bath today,” Mr. Qadri said in front of Pakistan’s parliament, raising fears protestors would storm the building, despite its military guard.
“I’m calling on people from across the country to come out and reject this corrupt and undemocratic government,” he told the Sunday Times.
“People saw what we could do before. This time we will not stop until the government is removed,” Mr. Qadri said, referring to the march he led last year, which ended with the arrest of the previous prime minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.