Dr Tahirul Qadri announces retirement from politics, PAT chairmanship – Pakistan

Pakistan's chief Awami Tehreek (PAT), Dr. Tahirul Qadri, announced on Saturday his retirement from Pakistani politics and his position as president of the party.

In a message shared through a video link in Lahore, Dr. Qadri said: "I am withdrawing from Pakistani politics, political activities and my position as president of PAT."

Dr. Qadri said he was not giving PAT leadership to his children, but was transferring power to the party council.

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"Our legal battle for the Model Town incident will continue until my last breath," said Dr. Qadri, adding: "That is not a matter of politics, it is a matter of faith."

In a tweet from his official account, Qadri said: "I am separating myself from the political activities of Pakistan Awami Tehreek. I am announcing my retirement. This decision arises as a result of my health problems and my deep academic commitments."

On June 17, 2014, at least 14 people died and another 100 were injured when police opened fire to disperse activists protesting against the PAT during an "anti-invasion" operation outside Dr. Qadri's residence.

Later that same year, the head of PAT led a sit-in protest of more than two months in Islamabad together with Pakistani President Tehreek-i-Insaf (now Prime Minister) Imran Khan.

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Qadri founded Minhaj ul Quran, a non-profit organization that provides educational, religious and cultural services, in October 1981. He also founded a political party, the PAT, in May 1989. The main objective of the party was to ensure the provision of the law and order for the general public, respect for human rights, elimination of poverty and quality education for all.

In 1990, members of the PAT participated in the general elections and later Qadri was elected a member of the National Assembly. However, he resigned his post on November 29, 2004.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1505174/dr-tahirul-qadri-announces-retirement-from-politics-pat-chairmanship

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