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Khar brands ‘no good’ dual national Qadri’s demands ‘preposterous, unconstitutional’

Islamabad, Jan. 16 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has termed Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s demands “preposterous and unconstitutional” and said the cleric means “no good”.

Khar, who is in New York to attend an Asia Society meet, said Qadri was a dual national which bars him from contesting provincial or national assembly elections, reports The Express Tribune.

She said Qadri has only come to derail the system, and that he happens to be someone who constitutionally cannot contest a single provincial or national assembly seat. She said it is preposterous that Qadri wants a role of the military and judiciary in the politics of Pakistan. She added that he could also be arrested for it.

Commenting on Qadri’s ongoing long march in Islamabad, Khar said that the participants of the rally were around 30,000 in number by all accounts. Qadri’s organisation MQI is well-organised which makes it easier for him to gather this number of people, she maintained.

Khar accepted that there are governance issues in Pakistan but said that the timing of Qadri’s long march was not appropriate, as the country is only two months away from the first democratic transition in Pakistan’s history in 60 years. (ANI)