BE­TWEEN THE LINES

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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.

traf­fic­jams irk ar­rival: Road blocks, Qadri’s Is­lam­abad

ci es com­muters in twin

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

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