Dr Tahir ul Qadri quits politics

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TORONTO: Noted Islamic scholar and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) head Dr Tahir ul Qadri announced on Saturday that he was resigning from politics.

“I announce my retirement from the political activities of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). I am handing over my powers to the Supreme Council,” Qadri told a news conference via video link from Canada.

“We played a proactive role to raise public awareness against the scourge of corruption. I also remained part of the Parliament. Everything happens there but there is nothing in (Parliament) it for the public,” he said.

“Unfortunately there is no scope for the poor and the middle class in our politics and most of the  parliamentarians live to gain power,” he said.

The PAT chief also appealed to the government to ensure justice was done in the Model Town killing case.

“Our struggle will continue until the families of Model Town martyrs get justice. The government should honor its promise in this regard.”