ISLAMABAD – At least one source from Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has confirmed that their supremo Tahir ul Qadri is leaving for US for medical checkup, PakistanTribe reported.
One senior member of PAT – on condition of anonymity – informed PakistanTribe on Tuesday that there were a seat booked in Tahir ul Qadri’s name in the flight scheduled to leave for Huston at 6 am tomorrow.
The decision to leave for medical checkup came after a special medical team from US examined Tahir ul Qadri on Monday evening.
Tahir ul Qadri had developed cardiac problem after coming back from Canada. However, he continued low paced political activities. He was suffering from blood pressure and heart disease.
However, the importance of Tahir ul Qadri’s major move cannot be denied in twilight of once his political cousin Iman Khan’s call of massive protests. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PAT jointly started the march against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led federal government in August. With the passage of time the leaders of both parties developed differences over policy matters.
These differences resulted in the denial from Tahir ul Qadri to join PTI’s November 30 rally at D-Chowk. Tahir ul Qadri himself accepted being invited for November 30 Rally. PakistanTribe‘s reported on November 25 that during a press conference in Bhakkar Qadri accepted that PTI leadership had sent an invitation to join their November 30 rally at D-Chowk in Islamabad.
“PTI has sent a proper invitation. Shah Mehmood Qureshi had lead a delegation and met PAT’s leadership in this regard,” Qadri said.
However, on November 20, Qadri had also accepted that there were differences between PTI and PAT. “Leaders of both parties had been in contact even when I was abroad,” he maintained.
It is also pertinent to mention here that Qadri ended his sit-in from D-Chowk in October after which Chairman PTI Imran Khan expressed some concerns. At times, Imran Khan was found stating “PML-N must not think we would end sit-in like Qadri. He is gone but we will not go like this.”
PakistanTribe‘s correspondent was informed by PAT’s senior member that mainly there were two grievances of Tahir ul Qadri with Imran Khan.
“First, Imran Khan and PTI leaders never took us in confidence before starting rallies all over country. We were practically left alone to sustain the dharna. We did not had any aircraft to go city to city to organize such activities or we could have done that long ago. Our principal stance was that it originally dharna belonged to PAT but Imran Khan never bothered to take us in confidence over key policy shift.
“Second, Imran Khan did not come or contact Tahir ul Qadri for inquiring about his ailing health. He had the knowledge. The news was everywhere.
PAT leader also claimed that when Tahir ul Qadri had finally decided to end the Islamabad sit-in, Imran Khan personally requested him to just delay the matter for few more days. “He was straightforwardly told otherwise,” source added.
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