Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri calls upon people to rise against corrupt electoral system
Full Speech: Shaykh ul Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri address students moot at Nasir Bagh, Lahore
Around one hundred thousand students gathered at Nasir Bagh to participate in
the Student Awareness Congregation from across the country today. Through their
participation in such large number, these students belonging to various universities
and colleges gave a stern message to the ruling elite that the students could not
take lying down the unending wave of price hike, corruption, unemployment, and injustice.
They let it be known in stark terms that the student community had woken up, and
would not allow anyone to take them for granted.
Addressing this mammoth gathering of the students and youth from Canada through
video conferencing, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri urged the youth to
come forward and play the same role which they played during the freedom struggle
sixty three years ago. He said that political and religious parties were not an
enemy to this country, rather it was corrupt political and electoral system, which
held people in bondage and kept them tied to apron strings of corruption and nepotism.
He said that the system kept people robbed of their due rights and the only way
to change their destiny was to rebel against the corrupt and monopolistic electoral
Warning the ruling elite of their indifference to people's agony and burning
public anger, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that he had only given a call to students
to create awareness among their ranks. Time, he said, was not afar when he would
invite them to historic Minar-e-Pakistan. He said that he would come to Pakistan
to lead the people’s revolution once the ripe time for this came.
He said that it was both beyond the establishment and current political system
to bring about change as their interests clashed with the public interests. He said
that real change would come about when people would rise against the corrupt system
and be master of their own destiny.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the Supreme Court gave a number of verdicts but those
had not been implemented by the executive. He also reminded people of the time when
the highest judicial forum of the country was attacked by the so-called democrats.
He said that those who spent millions of rupees to become members of Parliament
would never work for the wellbeing of people. Their sole concern is to amass wealth
and power to stay afloat in power corridors. He said that certain families had their
dominance on power. He said that those elected under the present corrupt electoral
system had given people nothing but unemployment, starvation and suicides.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the country lacked coherent foreign and
domestic policies representing the aspirations of the people. He said that the two-party
system succeeded in West because strong check and balance system had been in place
there. He said that Election Commission of Pakistan did not have the capacity, independence
and will to hold free and fair elections. He said that the voters did not enjoy
any respect and votes were only political weapons meant to elect the so-called winning
horses. He said that the manifestos and culture of political parties lacked democratic
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the Parliament was and has been a rubber
stamp, unable to play any role in the national affairs. He said that the country
was rendered into a colony of the foreign powers by the vested interests. Politics
on certain issues is played because the present system supports it, he added.
Different angles of Annual Baidari e Shaoor Talaba Ijtima 2011