Qadri to leave for Canada on Jan 28

ISLAMABAD - Whether or not Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has achieved his goals during the Islamabad sit-in, he may return to Canada later this month, according to TMQ sources.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Sun 20 Jan 2013, 11:30 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:41 PM

However, TMQ officials have denied that he has been summoned to Canada for violating asylum rules. According to media reports, Dr Qadri will leave by an Emirates flight on January 28, a day after holding a meeting with government functionaries at the TMQ’s offices in Lahore for revamping of the Election Commission of Pakistan.

TMQ spokesman Tanveer Khan said here that it was true that Dr Qadri and his family had confirmed seats for January 28, since at the time of booking seats in Canada they were bound by international airlines laws to purchase return tickets.

He categorically denied Dr Qadri leaving the country on this date but did not rule out a journey in near future.

Meanwhile, US ambassador Richard Olson has said his country supports democratic government in Pakistan rather than any particular individual.

According to Radio Pakistan, Olson said the US did not support any specific political party or persona including Tahirul Qadri.

He further said that the US would like to see free and fair elections in Pakistan.

Speaking to media in Islamabad, Olson also said that the US felt concerned over recent Line of Control conflict between Pakistan and India. He said the two countries need to work together for peace in the region and the cease-fire agreement along the LoC is encouraging.

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