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This almost seems to be a case of 'I came, I saw, I conquered.' Dr. Tahirul Qadri came and saw but he conquered nothing. The claims were high in the beginning and he managed to gull his followers quite successfully with his particular kind of charisma. What further boosted his demagoguery was the incident of police brutality in Lahore’s Model Town, where some 14 people were killed. Maulana Qadri built his refrain from there and roused emotions all the way to D-Chowk in Islamabad. But nothing came off it. Even the FIR for the Lahore massacre was registered under instructions of the Army Chief. It seemed the learned maulana lost hope after living for two months in his container because nothing was happening. Neither the prime minister nor the chief minister of Punjab were resigning. And the ‘system’ was going nowhere. He is even said to have run out of funds and, as he privately told a newsman, he didn’t even have the money to buy thousands of ‘nans’ (bread) every day to feed those who camped in the open. So Dr. Qadri told everyone to pack their bags and go home while he took a flight to Europe and then Canada – to get more funds. He has promised to come back, though.
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Qadri threatens march towards PM house Clashes start between police, protesters; severe shelling underway ‘Revolu on march’ entering decisive phase, Qadri tells supporters Qadri-led sit-in ends after
67 days; PAT to hold demos different parts of the country in “This phase of the Revolution March is now over. You should now pack up and go back home with a sense of victory,”
Qadri heads to America for fund-raising