Inqilab March

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Inqilab March
انقلاب مارچ
Date14 August 2014 (2014-08-14) – 21 October 2014
(2 months and 1 week)
Location
Caused byCentralization, alleged corruption, Feudalism, the 2014 Lahore clash
GoalsElectoral reform, Registering FIR against Model Town Massacre, election of local bodies, dismissal of government
MethodsProtest march
StatusCalled Off
Parties to the civil conflict
Lead figures
Number
100,000[1] on PTI stage
Arrests
ArrestedPAT (25,000 workers)
4800 PTI workers

The Inqilab March (انقلاب مارچ) (English: March for Revolution) was a public protest by the Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) Party occurring in August and September 2014.

In mid-August 2014, Islamic Scholar and political figure Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri led thousands[citation needed] of people, in hundreds of cars, buses and trucks towards the federal capital, Islamabad, from the provincial capital, Lahore. Many of the protesters were his die hard but peaceful and unarmed political workers and students from all parts of Pakistan. All of these peaceful workers were demanding the lodging/registering the FIR against the killers of Model Town Massacre. It was an incident when Punjab Police killed at least 14 workers including 2 pregnant women and injured more than 100 workers of PAT on their headquarters in Lahore on 14 June 2014 with straight fires. Police from more than dozen police stations in Lahore attacked the house of Dr Tahir ul Qadri's residence and the secretariate of Pakistan Awami Tehreek/Minhaj-ul-Quran with a huge number of policemen along with goons of the ruling party PMLN. They also demolished a lot of infrastructure and broke windows of vehicles there and looted shops in the vicinity. By the pressure generated by these Inqilab March participants the FIR was launched for Model Town Massacre by the intervention of the Army Chief of Pakistan General Raheel Sharif. The Inqilab (Revolution) march was also aimed at the bringing down of the mega-scale corrupt practices of the government, electoral reforms, fast and speedy justice and facilitation of basic necessities of life to the poor unprivileged classes of Pakistan in the wake of looting the taxpayers' money and saving in offshore havens. The protesters were of the opinion that the rulers are not only looters but also killers of humanity because they leave no stone unturned to remain in power and suck every inch of national resources by means of their corrupt nature and practices. The march also demanded a change of system by reforms and law of the land using Article 62 and 63 of the constitution of Pakistan to hinder the entrance of unsuitable, illiterate and fake degree holders into the Parliament. They also demanded the restoration of Article 1 to 40 of the constitution of Pakistan which guarantees the basic human rights of the people of Pakistan which under the bad governance of the corrupt rulers have been subsided.

The march was ended by the sole decision of the party leaders of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).

Background[edit]

On 17 June 2014, a violent clash occurred between the Punjab Police and PAT activists resulting in the deaths of several protesters from police gunfire.[2][3]

Current situation[edit]

As of the end of September 2014, the Inqilab March is conducting sit-in protests with allied partner Imran Khan, Chairman and founder of Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and organizer of 2014 Azadi March, in the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, ongoing since 14 August 2014 (Pakistani Independence Day).[4] After the announcement of the Azadi March, it was expected that Tahir-ul-Qadri (heretofore refusing to ally his own march with the Azadi March) allied the PTI's Azadi March with his own Inqilab March.[5] This alliance between the two parties resulted in two parallel marches by Qadri and Imran Khan (with the goal of mutual protection in any civil crackdown).

Informal PTI–PAT coalition[edit]

Imran Khan and Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri did not fully join their protest marches nor decline to support each other.[6] On 10 August 2014, Qadri formally announced that his party's political march, the Inqilab March, would proceed parallel with PTI's Azadi march. Both marches were organized to take different routes, albeit closely mirroring each other. It is apparent that the two parties have similar objectives yet different aims and strategies. The announcement of two parallel marches by parties in opposition gave rise to speculation that a coalition between PTI and PAT was possible. The chiefs of the two parties never clearly stipulated a formal coalition; but an informal agreement to support each other was achieved.[7][8] On 11 August 2014, Qadri and Khan both announced that there would be two parallel marches, informally allied together for the dismissal of the government.

Media coverage[edit]

  • According to news report appearing 21 August 2014, PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said that the government has not been allowing his workers to supply food items and potable water for the participants of the sit-in.[9]
  • News reported in the Daily Dawn (31 August 2014), said hundreds of people were injured in the federal capital as police battled throngs of protesters led by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek [10]
  • In an Urdu language article published in the Daily Jang (2 September 2014), Saleem Safi described the present sit-in as an implementation process of foreign infrastructure, sectarian-based policy, evoked by the UK and the United States.
  • Per news telecast in the different tv channels and published in the news papers, it was reported that Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri led the Eid prayer at Islamabad’s D-Chowk. The congregation was attended by Chief of PTI Imran Khan and other political leaders, including Raja Nasir Abbas Jafary of MWM. Animal sacrifies were also offered in the name of Allah following the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim and his son Prophet Ismail. Celebration of Eid at D-Chowk is itself unique in history but has also been censured by the rivalry.[11][12][13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Azadi March", The Nation, 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ World News
  3. ^ NY Times
  4. ^ "'Revolution March' to Begin on August 14: Tahirul Qadri", The News International, 10 August 2014.
  5. ^ Azhar Nadeem (2014-08-10). "Tahir-ul-Qadri's Inqilab March To Join Hands With Azadi March".
  6. ^ yep
  7. ^ Dunyan
  8. ^ Dawn
  9. ^ The News
  10. ^ Dawn story
  11. ^ "Dunyanews.tv". Shahbaz. 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  12. ^ "Tahir Blasts Tahir". The Nation’s Staff reporter. 9 Oct 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  13. ^ "Khan, Qadri offer Eid prayer at D-Chowk". Samaa.tv. 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  14. ^ http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1230892/ retrieved: 2014-10-12

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