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PAT to stage peaceful demos on polling day


The Pakistan Awami Tehrik and Jamatud Dawa will not support any political or religio-political party in the forthcoming general elections, The Nation has learnt.

The Pakistan Awami Tehrik has decided to stage peaceful sit-ins on the polling day. A senior worker of the PAT said that they would stage peaceful sit-ins in 300 cities across the country to record their protest. He said that PAT was not only boycotting the election but the entire process. “Even PAT and its sister organisation Minhajul Quran’s members have been asked not to vote for any candidate. If any member would be found involved in election campaign, his/her basic membership will be cancelled,” he added.

He said that Dr Tahirul Qadri had demanded at least 30 days for the scrutiny of the nomination papers of the election candidates but the national institutions gave it deaf ears.

The PAT leadership had decided not to contest election after its demands regarding scrutiny of the election candidates were not accepted. The party did not have any success in electoral politics and only its chief Tahirul Qadri could reach parliament in 2002 elections.

Separately, the Jamatud Dawa has distanced itself from politics. JuD spokesman Yahya Mujahid said: “We are not supporting any political or religio-political party. Our organization’s domain is social welfare and we limited ourselves for such works. When the Difa-e-Pakistan Council was formed, it had been decided that the platform would not be used for politics.

He, however, said that their members would be free to vote in their constituencies. “The election entirely depends on people’s decision and they should choose their representatives for the next five years.”