A year after leading major street protests aimed at toppling the Pakistani government, populist preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri says he has turned back to religion, but remains prepared to re-launch his "revolution" when the time is right.
Anti-government protest leader and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri on Monday returned to Pakistan from Canada after about eight months and vowed to seek justice for 14 of his supporters killed in a police raid last year.
Canada-based cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who spearheaded an agitation against the Nawaz Sharif government, was on Thursday declared a "proclaimed offender" along with his two sons by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court for failing to appear in a case of arson and vandalism here.
Pakistan's fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri on Thursday returned to the country with a "new strategy" against the government, nearly a month after he went abroad abruptly ending protest against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here.
After abruptly ending his over two-month long anti-government protest in the Pakistani capital, fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri has left the country, leading to speculation that he has struck a deal with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri on Tuesday ended his over two months-long anti-government protest in the Pakistani capital but said demonstrations will now be held across the country as the "next stage of the revolution".
In a major boost to the morale of anti-government protesters, a Pakistani court today ordered the release of all arrested supporters of Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, a day after the two leaders suspended talks and mounted pressure on the embattled government.
Bogged down by over three weeks of political turmoil, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said it "is not easy" to rule Pakistan and sought the support of all parties in Parliament as several rounds of talks between the government and protesters failed to break the logjam.
Pakistan's political crisis that raised fears of instability and military intervention in the coup-prone country seemed to be headed towards resolution with efforts to seal a negotiated settlement between the government and protesters gaining momentum on Thursday.
The lingering political crisis in Pakistan seemed to be headed towards a resolution after weeks of turmoil with efforts to seal a negotiated settlement between the government and protesters gaining momentum.
After weeks of turmoil, the political storm that has engulfed Pakistan seemed to be ebbing on Wednesday as protesters returned to talks with the government and a mediator between the two warring sides said a "concrete solution" is in sight.
Pakistan's Parliament on Wednesday became the new battleground in the ongoing political turmoil with pro-government leaders and lawmakers of Imran Khan's party accusing each other of undermining democracy, even as protesters returned to the negotiating table.
The Pakistani Army took over the security of country's capital, Islamabad, after protests led by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahir-ul-Qadri continued on Monday.
Pakistan's powerful military today expressed serious concern over the prevailing political turmoil in the country with the government of embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif locked in a showdown with protesters.