Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the arrest of Pakistan's PM, Raza Parvez Ashraf. The arrest has been ordered in the case of Rental Power case, according to television reports.
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Nawaz Sahrif dismisses Qadri’s demands as unconstitutional
PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz) Chief Nawaz Sharif has termed the move to quell the government as unconstitutional and rejected the demands put forward by Tahir-ul Qadri.
In a party meeting held in Raiwand on Tuesday the recent events were discussed in detail and it was decided that party should not let the democratic process to get derailed.
The party also stressed that democratic forces have to show unity.
Never met ISI or any army chief: Tahir-ul Qadri
Tahir-ul Qadri has termed the allegations of his tie-up with the Judiciary and military as baseless. He said that he has no association with ISI or Army chief. Speculation is rift that the protest organised by the Canada-return Sufi cleric has the backing of judiciary and armed forces.
Judiciary and military working together to topple the government
Speculations are rift that the protests in Pakistan have the backing of Pakistan judiciary and army. Fawad Chaudhary, an aide of PM Raja Pervez Ashraf, said that he is sure that countries judiciary and military are working together to topple the ruling administration.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan had ordered the arrest of Pakistan PM, on Tuesday.
The SC order evoked mixed response in Pakistan. Some welcomed the move and claimed it to be a victory for the nation. There were others who saw it as ploy to uproot the ruling government.
Protests were staged in Karachi and other parts of Pakistan to protest against the arrest warrant. In Karachi clashes were reported from several areas. Shops and market were forced shut.
Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jahangir termed the events a ": political conspiracy".
She said that the "so-called protagonist of democracy now seemed desperate to derail the democratic system". She said Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march and the apex court’s order did not appear to be a mere coincidence. “It is pre-planned.”
Addressing a prss conference Imran Khan demanded that electiuon be held from immediate effect. He asked election commissioner to announce the elction date as-soon-as-possible and demanding the election should be held under a caretaker setup.
Supporting the Sufi cleric Tahirul Qadri, he said that PTI workers are anxious to take over the streets, we can call for mobilization anytime.
He asked for President Asif ali Zardari resignation. He warned that more people will take to the streets if the demands are not met. He also talked about the Tsunami march and asked people to be ready to come down on the streets.
He said that with Zardari in power free and fair elections are not possible. He fears that corruption money will be used to buy axthe election.
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Tahirul Qadri congratulated the people of Pakistan through Twitter, "Congrats to Pak nation! Half speech delivered & half goal achieved. Tomorrow, I'll deliver second half & you'll achieve remaining goals." He tweeted.
The news of the arrest caused mayhem in the Pakistan's stock market. The market shed 500 points within few hours. The stock market drop by 3.5 percent to 16,000 poijnts.
Imran Khan's party Tehreek-e-Insaf is expected to join Tahirul Qadri in the protests in Islamabad. Imran Khan is scheduled to hold a press conference at 5pm today.
According to television reports, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has left for Dubai.
Thirty-three other people have been issued warrant. The PM is accused of receiving kickbacks in Rental Power.
Earlier, the Sufi cleric from Canada brought the entire nation on the edge with his speech. Qadri is addressing the protestors in Pakistani capital, Islamabad, demanding the resignation of the Pakistani government.
Tahirul Qadri led a massive protest from Lahore to Islamabad, on Sunday. In the early hours of Monday morning, Qadri gave a deadline of 11pm and demanded that Pakistan government should resign.
Massive crowd thronged the Pakistani Parliament in Islamabad and shouted anti-government slogans. Post the deadline, Qadri addressed the protestors and lambasted the Pakistan administration for their failure to govern the nation. He accused the present government of corruption and their inability to curn the violence. He asked the people to come on the streets and protest.
He said that current government serves the interest of only one percent of the population. He further said that the protestors will not leave the venue till their demands are met.
He demanded the resignation of PM Raja Parvez Ashraf and President Asif Ali Zardari.
Massive security blanket was thrown across the capital as hundreds and thousands of people gathered in the capital to support Qadri and his million men march.