LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — To his supporters, Tahir-ul-Qadri is a savior
of Pakistan's fragile democracy who will right the country ahead of
elections expected to take place this spring. To his detractors, he is a
shady religious figure bent on derailing the vote, possibly at the
behest of the country's powerful military.
After years in Canada, Qadri returned to Pakistan last month and gave
a speech demanding that sweeping election reforms be implemented before
the vote. His appearance in Lahore drew tens, possibly hundreds, of
thousands of supporters into the streets. Since then, Pakistani media
and political figures have closely followed his every word, and Qadri
plans to lead his followers in a march on the capital next Monday.
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