Re­turn of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary

Southasia - - Briefing -

Tahir-ul-Qadri’s un­ex­pected re­turn to Pak­istan has sent shock­waves across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum. His in­ten­tion to bring elec­toral re­forms ahead of the 2013 gen­eral elec­tions has pre­sented him with a plat­form to voice his opin­ions on change in a po­lit­i­cally un­sta­ble Pak­istan. More­over, ready sup­port from the Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) has given him a po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage.

Upon his re­turn, Qadri has as­sured to free Pak­istan from its many predica­ments and in­tro­duce re­forms in all sec­tors, with elec­toral re­forms be­ing a pri­or­ity. Most Pak­ista­nis are per­plexed at the tim­ing of Qadri’s re­turn. In ad­di­tion, ru­mors are afloat of west­ern sup­port for Qadri’s po­lit­i­cally charged home­com­ing. Qadri’s in­spi­ra­tion for change emanates from the Egyp­tian Rev­o­lu­tion of 2010. He be­lieves that a sim­i­lar change is nec­es­sary to bring ab­so­lute democ­racy in the coun­try. More­over, he wants the government to ac­cept his de­mands of ap­point­ing a care­taker government that also in­cludes in­flu­ence from the Army and Ju­di­ciary, which he be­lieves will carry out elec­toral re­forms ahead of the elec­tions.

Although the rul­ing Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party (PPP) has re­solves to hold elec­tions on time, Qadri’s en­try in the po­lit­i­cal arena says oth­er­wise. The way Qadri has ex­posed the flawed sys­tem pours fur­ther doubt over the demo­cratic government and its ill prac­tices, earn­ing Qadri the ti­tle of sav­ior, in many quar­ters.

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