Dr Tahir ul Qadri arrives in Pakistan, to lead New umbrella alliance in Punjab
ISTANBUL/LAHORE – Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Muhammad Tahirul Qadri has left for Pakistan from Turkey and will arrive in Lahore on Sunday morning.
The Canada-based cleric will oversee his party’s preparation for the forthcoming general elections and to maneuver the political landscape in his favour by forging alliances.
Before leaving from Istanbul, he criticised the parliament for “transgressing by removing sections on the nomination forms pertaining to integrity that are enshrined in articles 62 & 63 of the constitution”.
“We welcome the judicial decision reinstating these sections on the forms,” he wrote on Twitter.
According to the party sources, the PAT is already negotiating with Pakistan People’s Party and the PML-Q and exploring the possibility of contesting elections on a joint election symbol in Punjab.
PAT spokesman Noorullah Siddiqui detailed that the PPP can contest on whatever symbol it wants in Sindh or any other province, but PAT is asking it to field joint candidates on a joint symbol and the PPP is listening.
Moreover, he explained that the PML-Q was striving hard to gather all offshoots of Muslim Leagues and some other religious groups for making an umbrella alliance.
“The talks are inching towards consensus and that is why the PAT chief is arriving,” he added.