Return of the Revolutionary
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.