Pakistans dramatic Islamic scholar challenges political dynasties

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In addition to the PPP party, many other mainstream opposition politicians have been unnerved by Qadri who is otherwise a political dwarf. Apprehensive politicians include the PML-N chief and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the emerging leader Imran Khan.

Their immediate response was to accuse Qadri of attempting to delay nation-wide elections so as to continue Pakistan’s close relationship with Washington. The aim, according to these politicians, is to help the U.S. achieve its objectives in the war on terror and allow the American army an uninterrupted return to Afghanistan.

This theory is bolstered by the fact that Qadri has recently been joined by two political parties that are allies to the present ruling coalition which favors the U.S.; the Altaf Hussain-led MQM and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain-led PML-Q.

The leadership of these parties brazenly dodged the media when asked why they would rally against their own government and why they failed to protest the corruption and bad governance of their own government during the last five years.

Newly emerged Shiite organization Majlis Wahdat Muslemin (MWM), which is considered to be backed by the establishment and funded by Iran, also jumped on the Qadri bandwagon.

Some politicians view the unfolding situation as an attempt by exiled politicians to remotely control the country. They cite the case of MQM chief Altaf Hussain who has been commanding the commercial hub of the country and the only port city, Karachi, whilst living in London for the last two decades.

Former military dictator and hero of the U.S. war on terror, retired General Musharraf, also commandeers his faction of the PML from London and has done so for the last five years.

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