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PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif rejects Tahirul Qadri’s demands

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has rejected demands put forth by Dr Tahirul Qadri, chief of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ), terming them unconstitutional.

A consultative meeting of the PML-N was held at Raiwand on Tuesday with the party chief, Nawaz Sharif in the chair. The meeting discussed the situation after the long march and the subsequent demands by the TMQ head.

According to a party spokesman‚ the meeting agreed that change of the government in an unconstitutional manner was unacceptable and the PML-N would not allow anybody to derail the democratic system in the country.

The PML-N also agreed that the democratic forces would have to show unity. It said threats and demands by Qadri were unconstitutional and he should not endanger lives of the people in this regard.

Senator Pervez Rasheed of the PML-N said had Qadri made these kinds of utterances in Canada; he would have been in jail by now. Rashid also demanded the chief justice of Pakistan take suo motu action on the situation.

Ahsan Iqbal said Qadri‚ “who had lost his mind‚ has no authority to issue decrees”. He said majority of Pakistani people wanted the rule of law and continuation of the democratic dispensation. He said Qadri was staging a drama for the postponement of elections.