HomeNational

Canadian cleric fighting against Pakistani government

By: The Canadian Press

 | Aug 12, 2014 - 3:10 PM |
Islamic scholar Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri addresses the audience during an Islamic peace conference at Wembley Arena in London on Sept. 24, 2011. A Pakistani-Canadian cleric who is leading the campaign to topple the government in his native country says he will continue his fight, despite a murder investigation launched against him by Pakistani police. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, who left Canada in June to return to Pakistan, is calling on thousands of his supporters to march on the capital Islamabad on Thursday in a bid to oust the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Akira Suemori

Islamic scholar Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri addresses the audience during an Islamic peace conference at Wembley Arena in London on Sept. 24, 2011. A Pakistani-Canadian cleric who is leading the campaign to topple the government in his native country says he will continue his fight, despite a murder investigation launched against him by Pakistani police. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, who left Canada in June to return to Pakistan, is calling on thousands of his supporters to march on the capital Islamabad on Thursday in a bid to oust the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Akira Suemori

TORONTO - A Pakistani-Canadian cleric who is leading the campaign to topple the government in his native country says he will continue his fight, despite a murder investigation launched against him by Pakistani police.

Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, who left Canada in June to return to Pakistan, is calling on thousands of his supporters to march on the capital Islamabad on Thursday in a bid to oust the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Qadri and another anti-government leader — former cricket legend Imran Khan — allege that the nationwide election last year was widely rigged and are demanding a new vote.

On Sunday, police in the city of Lahore opened a murder investigation against Qadri after a police officer died during clashes with his supporters.

Police allege the cleric incited people to violence, but Qadri tells The Canadian Press in a telephone interview the allegations are "fabricated."

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of media reports about the murder investigation against Qadri and it was monitoring the situation, but refused to comment further, citing privacy reasons.

Reader's Feedback

NorthernLife.ca may contain content submitted by readers, usually in the form of article comments. All reader comments and any opinions, advice, statements or other information contained in any messages posted or transmitted by any third party are the responsibility of the author of that message and not of NorthernLife.ca. The fact that a particular message is posted on or transmitted using this web site does not mean that NorthernLife.ca has endorsed that message in any way or verified the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message. We encourage visitors to NorthernLife.ca to report any objectionable content by using the "report abuse" link found in the comments section of this web site. Comment Guidelines


comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular

Local Business Directory