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Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Over the past 2 decades Pakistan has been through many turbulent times, non more so than the last few months, which we have all witnessed. The prospects and potential of this country have been transformed by the energy of the people of Pakistan. Now we face new challenges and opportunities. We must deal with them with the same clear thinking and robustness.

On 5 October 2004, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri resigned from his National Assembly seat in protest against Pervez Musharraf’s wearing of two caps namely the Chief of Army Staff and the President of Pakistan, which was the first resignation in Pakistan’s parliamentary history.

The 85-page resignation statement issued by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri was presented in the National Assembly as a national document, which exposed the conspiracies and secret power play. Following his resignation, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri gave his workers and chapters of his party the target of mass awareness campaign and settled abroad to resume his research work.

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri led historic long march from Lahore to Islamabad on 14 August 2014 to seek justice for the martyrs of Model Town tragedy and send the government home which came into being in violation of Articles 62, 63 and 218 of the Constitution.

The sit-in continued for 70 days in front of Parliament House. On the intervention of Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, FIR of Model Town tragedy was registered against nine key figures of the present government including the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister. The revolution march sit-in came to an end on 21 October 2014.

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…

LHC rejects request to grant stay order against PAT-led protest movement

LAHORE: A bench of the Lahore High Court referred a petition seeking restraining order against planned protest movement of Pakistan Awami Tehreek-led opposition parties to the Chief Justice to constitute a larger bench to hear the case. The bench, however, rejected the petitioner’s request to restrain the PAT-led political alliance from launching the protest drive from January 17. It issued notices to the federal and provincial authorities to submit their response to the petition on next hearing. On Jan 08, PAT…

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…

Punjab govt’s lawyer dragging feet in Model Town report case: PAT

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tahreek’s lawyer accused on Wednesday the Punjab government’s counsel of dragging feet in concluding his arguments in a case pertaining to release of the inquiry report of the Model Town incident. As a three-member bench headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh began hearing the appeal filed by Punjab government against release of the Model Town incident's inquiry report, PAT counsel said, Khawaja Haris, who represented the government, was deliberately dragging on the matter. The bench directed Haris…

LHC seeks details of Electoral Reforms Act petition pending in Supreme Court

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday put off the hearing of Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) petition against the Electoral Reforms Act 2017 under which a disqualified person can hold a party’s office. The bench headed by Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah adjourned the case after a provincial law officer informed it that an identical petition challenging the Act was pending in the apex court. While adjourning the hearing till tomorrow, the bench directed the law officer to submit details of the case pending before the…

Controversial Electoral Reforms Act challenged in LHC

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has challenged the Electoral Reforms Act 2017 in Lahore High Court (LHC) under which a disqualified person can hold a party's office. Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Muttahida Qaumi Movement had challenged the legislation in Sindh High Court. Ishtiaq Chaudhry of PAT in his petition filed in LHC said that under the newly passed election reforms law an ineligible person can hold reins of a political party. This act could facilitate an outlaw or mafia to hold political reins of…

LHC issues notice on petition seeking to place Shahbaz, Rana on ECL

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday issued the notice to the interior ministry to respond to a petition seeking to place the names of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and former Inspector General Mushtaq Sukhera on the Exit Control List, ARY News reported. Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) through its counsel Ishtiaq Chaudhry filed the petition, requesting the court to put the names of Shahbaz, Rana and former IGP on the ECL. After an initial hearing, a bench of LHC issued the notice to…

LHC reserves verdict on plea for releasing Model Town report

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition seeking release of a report of the judicial inquiry carried out by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi into the killings of Pakistan Awami Tehreek workers in Model Town. Qaisar Iqbal and 19 other victims of the incident had gone to the court requesting it to order the provincial government to release the report under Article 19(A) of the Constitution which gave them right to have access to information. A bench of LHC reserved the verdict after…

Punjab govt asked to explain reason for not releasing Model Town inquiry report

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Friday issued notice to the provincial authorities to submit their response on a petition seeking the release of a report of judicial inquiry carried out by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi into the killings of Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s workers. Qaisar Iqbal and 19 other victims of the incident have gone to the court requesting it to order the provincial government to release the report under Article 19(A) of the Constitution which gave them right to have access to information. The petitioner’s…

Notice issued to Ex-PM Sharif over political activities after disqualification

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday issued notice to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on petitions against his political activities after his disqualification by the Supreme Court in Panamagate case, ARY News reported.  Dr Yasmeen Rashid, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's candidate for NA-120 by-election, Pakistan Awami Tehreek, and Advocate Niaz Inqalabi approached the ECP against Sharif for continuing with political activities and overseeing the party's political affairs, including heading its …