Long March to proceed

405327-DifaePakistanCouncilIslamabadrally-1341737195-408-640x480After the U-turn from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Tehreek Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Friday swore to proceed with his suggested long march to Islamabad.

Addressing a press conference, Qadri stated the long march would commence according to schedule and “there should not be a confusion about it”.

He stated the government had lost moral, legal and constitutional authority to control the country after Thursday’s string of bombings in Quetta and Swat which wiped out more than 116 people.He admired the Supreme Court (SC) for dismissing the applications filed against the TMQ long march.

Earlier in the day, a senior TMQ official, Rahiq Abbasi, had told a private TV channel the MQM’s withdrawal from the long march wouldn’t make any difference for TMQ schedule.In a twist to the high drama which started after Qadri’s statement on December 23 to march on Islamabad that was backed by the MQM, the party stated that it wouldn’t be taking part in the march “due to security issues”.