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Inqilab March

Inqilab March
انقلاب مارچ
Date 14 August 2014 (2014-08-14) – 21 October 2014
(2 months and 1 week)
Location Islamabad
Causes Centralization, alleged corruption, Feudalism, the 2014 Lahore clash
Goals Electoral reform, election of local bodies, dismissal of government
Methods Protest march
Status Ended temporarily
Parties to the civil conflict
Lead figures
Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, Chaudhry Shujaat, Pervaiz Ellahi, Imran Khan leading Azadi March and Shaikh Rasheed
100,000[1] on PTI stage

The Inqilab March (انقلاب مارچ) (English: March for Revolution) is a public protest by the Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) Party occurring in August and September 2014. Its aims include the revamping of Pakistan's political system, the removal of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's current government, the introduction of social welfare reforms, and establishment of merit-based local governing bodies throughout the country.[citation needed]

In mid-August 2014, Islamic Scholar Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri led thousands of people in hundreds of cars, buses and trucks towards the federal capital, Islamabad, from the provincial capital, Lahore.[citation needed]


Main article: 2014 Lahore clash

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] After almost 11 hours of the standoff, the anti-encroachment squad of the police force launched an operation to remove the barriers from the road leading to the offices of Minhaj-ul-Quran and the residence of Tahir-ul-Qadri in Model Town, Lahore.[citation needed]

Current situation

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

Main article: Azadi March

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

  • 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 USA.[11]
  • 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.[12][13][14][15]

See also


  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. ^ Dharna – what is real target behind it?
  12. ^ "". Shahbaz. 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  13. ^ "Tahir Blasts Tahir". The Nation’s Staff reporter. 9 Oct 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  14. ^ "Khan, Qadri offer Eid prayer at D-Chowk". 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  15. ^ retrieved: 2014-10-12

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