Assassination attempt on Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri – What a high court commission wrote about Dr Qadri in 1990
ISLAMABAD (Daily TheNews Lahore / Tuesday, December 25, 2012) – Chairman Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, who has all of a sudden appeared on the political scene to rescue the state, was in 1990 declared by the Lahore High Court a person of such a mental health who could manipulate and exploit anything for his political gains.
Lahore High Court (LHC) Commission, while investigating the incident of an assassination attempt on Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri had written that Dr Qadri had engineered the so-called murder attempt on himself, which depicted his sick mental health.
This commission’s report was not challenged anywhere, well placed sources in Punjab Law Department told The News.
The Constitution, which was frequently quoted by Dr Qadri in his December 23 Speech, may also bar Dr Qadri from becoming member of the parliament for not fulfilling the criteria mentioned in article 62 (f) of the Constitution.
Details reveal that Dr Qadri had alleged that an assassination attempt on him was made by the Punjab government on 21st April, 1990. The Punjab government on April 30, 1990 constituted a one-man commission to investigate the matter.
Justice Akhtar Hassan while handing down findings of the commission wrote that learned judge of LHC Justice Fazal Karim has refused to continue as head of the commission because of the unjust and unwarranted criticism by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri.
The commission had mentioned that on July 9, 1990, when the Advocate General was cross questioning Dr Qadri, he (Qadri) boycotted the proceedings of the commission blaming that Justice Fazal Karim had made up his mind to give an anti-Qadri judgement.
Justice Fazal Karim later on July 14, 1990 refused to be part of the commission. The government latter amended the notification and appointed Justice Akhtar Hassan as head of the one-man commission.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri had tried to give an impression before the commission, before he boycotted it, that the Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Jamhoori Ittehad people had tried to kill him.
One of the witnesses, Mufti Ghulam Sarwar Qadri had told the commission that Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri had delayed a Juma prayer for 45 minutes because General Zia-ul-Haq was expected to come in that mosque that day.
Regarding details of the assassination attempt, the commission had pen downed that 20 shells of bullets were collected from the roof of the bathroom of Dr Qadri’s home, among which, ten shells were handed over to the police by Dr Qadri himself.
While revealing the statement of one Malik Muhammad Ashraf, Superintendent of Police and in-charge Forensic Science Laboratory, the commission has mentioned that Qadri himself pin pointed the places where there were marks of bullets. Nineteen points were inside the house while three were on the outer walls of the house. Ashraf had told the commission that the marks outside the room of Dr Qadri were not of bullets.
Ashraf had also brought the windowpane of Dr Qadri’s bedroom before the commission just to prove that the bullet mark on the pane was not of a real bullet and how it was different from an original mark because the glass had not broken into pieces and was in its original condition.
The forensic experts had also declared that recovery of the bullet shells from the roof of bathroom of the house was technically wrong as the angle and distance from where they were fired did not match Dr Qadri’s claim.
The Commission was also told that blood was also found on the roof of Qadri’s house and it span long through a line as if someone had tried to run away to the neighbour’s house. The Commission writes that the blood was not clotted and there were chemicals in it so that it could not dry, as was proven from the laboratory tests.
The commission also wrote that the police acted hyper-actively to the incident while Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri did not cooperate with them. Dr Qadri also filed an application with the Federal Investigation Agency.
The Advocate General apprised the Commission that Dr Qadri had exploited the political difference between IJI and Pakistan People’s Party.
Dr Qadri had the support of such lawyers who were PPP loyalists and it was alleged before the Commission that Dr Qadri was in fact chosen to benefit PPP. The Commission didn’t conclude anything over these allegations but said that each of these allegations had some life in it.
The Commission concluded that the firing incident on Dr Qadri’s house was concocted and damage to Dr Qadri was as result of his own activities.
The Commission also mentioned that Dr Qadri was fond of dreaming and then explaining and exploiting those dreams specially mentioning the name of Holy Prophet (SAW). Exploiting dreams related to Holy Prophet (SAW) depicts the ailing mental condition of Dr Qadri, said the Commission, adding that anything can be expected from such a person.