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Dr Tahirul Qadri

Dr Tahirul Qadri was born on Feb 19, 1951 and hails from Jhang, Pakistan. It is believed that Qadri, a Canada-based religious scholar, was exposed to Christianity and Islam at an early stage of his life as he attended a Christian school in Jhang. He studied Hadith and the fundamental principles of Islam from the Muhaddith al-Hijaz.

Later on in his academic career, he studied law at the University of Punjab and graduated with an undergraduate degree in the same discipline in 1974 as a valedictorian. He also taught at Punjab University and pursued his doctorate in Islamic law.

Political career Qadri founded a political party called the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in May 1989. The main objective of the party was to provide law and order measures for the general public, respect for human rights, elimination of poverty and quality education for all. In 1990, members from the PAT contested for the general elections and later on Qadri was elected as a member of the National Assembly. However, he resigned from his seat on Nov 29, 2004.

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination was biggest loss of country: Dr Qadri

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has termed assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, a biggest loss of the country, ARY News reported on Thursday. While paying tribute to the slain former first ever female prime minister of Pakistan, Dr Qadri said, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a clever political leader, and was considered as one of the most dynamic figures in the world. “Benazir’s stance against terrorism was loud and clear”, he said, and added she wanted to see Pakistan as a modern Islamic…

PAT chief wants new JIT to probe Model Town carnage

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Saturday showed up before a Supreme Court bench as it took up a case related to the Model Town carnage. The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a petition filed by Bisma, one of the affectees of the Model Town incident, at the apex court’s Lahore registry. The PAT chief pleaded the bench to constitute a new joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the Model Town incident afresh. He contended that it is…

‘Victims of Model Town carnage will get justice’, PM tells Qadri

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan assured Dr Tahir ul Qadri, the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Thursday that the victims of the Model Town massacre would get justice. The prime minister who had a telephonic talk with the PAT leader reiterated his resolve that those responsible for the ruthless murder of innocent workers of the PAT in Model Town, Lahore would get justice. The police assault outside the residence of Dr Qadri killed 14 people including women and injured around 100 on June 17, 2014. The prime…

Tahirul Qadri asks PM Khan to keep his word

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri arrived in Lahore from Istanbul early Wednesday morning.  He landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport where a large number of PAT workers greeted him by showering rose petals. Speaking to media at the airport, the PAT chief said Prime Minister Imran Khan had struggled along with him for provision of justice to the victims of the Model Town incident for four years. He asked the prime minister to honour the promise he had made with regard to the…

Dr Tahirul Qadri skipped elections once again, left Pakistan for two months

LAHORE: The leader of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Dr Tahirul Qadri left Pakistan once again for two months for abroad just before General elections 2018, since he does not succeed in execution of his agenda. He had proclaimed earlier that Pakistan Awami Tehreek will not contest in the upcoming elections 2018. Tahirul Qadri flew off Monday night for a 60-day visit to Turkey, Egypt, the UK and Denmark. According to party sources, Qadri was distressed as the undisclosed ‘promises’ made to him were not fulfilled. A party…

Model Town incident: Committee meets today to decide future strategy

LAHORE: With the deadline set for the resignations of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah for their alleged role in Model Town incident, expired on Sunday, the steering committee formed at the Pakistan Awami Tehreek-led (PAT) multiparty conference is slated to meet today. The steering committee will finalize the protest strategy to press for the resignations of the PML-N leaders. On December 30, the multi-party conference convened by the Dr Tahirul Qadri-led PAT had set January 7 for…

Crucial Zardari, Qadri meeting to take place today

LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari will hold a crucial meeting with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri today ahead of the PAT’s multi-party conference. Both leaders will discuss political matters, including the PAT’s “all-parties conference” slated to be held on December 30 (Saturday). The meeting between Zardari and Qadri was earlier scheduled to take place on Thursday, but it was rescheduled for today owing to the PPP leader’s pressing engagements. This would be…

Crucial Zardari, Qadri meeting rescheduled, will now be held on Dec 29

LAHORE: The Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Wednesday said a meeting between its chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has been rescheduled for December 29. A spokesperson for the PAT said the meeting was earlier scheduled to take place on December 28 (Thursday), but it has been delayed by one day owing to the PPP leader's personal engagements. The meeting is being seen as part of efforts on the part of the PAT chief to bring two arch-rivals, Asif Ali Zardari and PTI chief Imran Khan on one…

Imran, Qadri meet today ahead of ‘all parties conference’

LAHORE: In an effort to make two arch-rivals, PTI chief Imran Khan and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, sit beside him in each other's presence, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri will meet the PTI chief today. Imran Khan will be visiting Dr Tahirul Qadri at his residence in Model Town at his invitation. With the PAT's "all parties conference" scheduled on December 30, the party chief will try to persuade his political ally to attend the conference. The Qadri-led PAT has announced to convene the moot…