Islamabad Long March Finale- ‘Same Difference’?

By Majed Iqbal- The recent unfolding Drama, a long March issuing an Ultimatum to the existing government, in the Capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, came to an end this Thursday. Thousands took to the streets and stayed for over 5 days and tolerated the freezing conditions at night to voice their issues.


So now what from here. What was it exactly Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri wanted to achieve? Has he achieved what he set out for? What now from here when this Political Drama has ended? The outcome remains just as unclear as the inception of this Long March Saga.

In the last years Parties like Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf have also managed to gather hundreds of thousands in rallies, calling for a change. We saw this in the last few weeks too with a sudden comeback from Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri from Canada, managing to gather thousands outside Minaar-e-Pakistan.

With worsening conditions in the country, many parties have managed to achieve such results due to the deteriorating Political climate rather than presenting in clear terms their ideas, vision and the type of Pakistan they wish to build in the next years. Their is therefore NO real concrete plans. Instead, the real aspirations of the people of wanting a more prosperous Pakistan has been secondary in these weeks of Drama. What has really counted is the cheap stunts for Political Standing.

Yesterday, these rulers were Yazidi’s (a description often given to tyrannical rulers), today they are the same people with whom hands are being shaken and hugs are being exchanged. Has their been a change in System from Secularism to Islam? Has the existing constitution been completely replaced by one which is based on Shariah law? Has the current President been arrested for War crimes, Murder and Swindling of billions of rupees? Has Feudalistic Politics come to an end where those with the money call the shots?

Far from it. So what exactly was Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri congratulating the Ummah of Pakistan on? Just the ‘Same Difference’ as other parties who have insulted the intelligence of the nation for over 60 years!

People of Pakistan deserve sincere Politicians who will rule according to a source that has paved the way for Political, Economic, Technological and social success for centuries. Let us take this opportunity to study Islamic Politics in detail and call and work for a REAL change that can be comprehended and understood by the ordinary person on the streets of Pakistan. That would be the day worthy of congratulations.



  2. Abdul Jabbar says:

    Those who call for real change are proscribed & persecuted such as Naveed Butt who was abducted by Kayani’s thugs in front of his children. Even under these conditions there is goodness in the Ummah of Muhammad (SAW) & are willing to continue the dawah for the real change. Real change cannot come if the corrupt system remains so we must work for Khilafah which is the real change & not a reformed version of the capitalist system.

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