The main ideology of Minhajul Quran International (MQI), of which Dr. Tahirul Qadri is the founder, is ‘to promote religious moderation, peace and inter-faith harmony’. Dr. Qadri is essentially a religious scholar and has spent most of his time in Islamic research and has authored a number of books. What really prompts him to storm to Pakistan ala Khomeini, every now and then to bring a political revolution, and then beat a hasty retreat leaving his inqilabi behind like dirty linen?

Dr Qadri, not being a politician, often makes demands which are incoherent, often contradictory, and ineligible to be accommodated within the legal framework, which betrays his lack of political judgment often causing him to make awkward compromises. His long march of January 2013 aimed at achieving three things; the formation of a new election commission, a caretaker government until re-elections can be held and a strict implementation of the eligibility criteria for candidates. All three demands were rooted in electoral politics, of which Dr. Qadri or his Pakistan Awami-Tehrik had no stake in. Their implementation, as per his desire could not be possible without effecting major changes in the constitution.

Dr. Qadri does not possess any attributes of a revolutionary leader unlike Mao Tse Tung, Lenin, Khomeini, or Mandela, whose entire lives were spent in pursuit of their ideals and who made sacrifices to achieve their goals. A revolutionary is obsessed by his ideals and pursues them single-mindedly. Dr. Qadri seems to be a pretentious religious scholar with an overweening desire to occasionally dabble in politics by going on the rampage and causing chaos and confusion, and playing with the sentiments of the people.

He is calling his revolution a ‘democratic revolution’, which is ridiculous, considering democracy is a direct antithesis of revolution. If Dr Qadri’s ‘Pakistan Awami Tehrik’ is a registered party with the Election Commission, then following the rules, he must organize his political campaign against the present regime, muster support of the masses, and after winning the next elections implement his program. That might make his ‘democratic revolution’ a reality.


Lahore, July 2.