Firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who led a massive protest against the government in Islamabad, has been summoned by Canadian authorities to explain a violation of the oath he had taken while seeking asylum there, under which he had stated that he was not allowed to enter Pakistan.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said that Qadri violated the oath stating that he was not allowed to enter the country he had sought asylum from.
According to a private TV channel, RCMP said that Qadri violated the oath stating that he was not allowed to enter the country he had sought asylum from.
The channel reported, Tahir ul Qadri under the name of Abdul Shakoor Qadri, had sought asylum from Canada in 2008, fearing threats to his life from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Sipah-e-Sahaba after he met with the Danish cartoonist responsible for making blasphemous caricatures of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Qadri, through his lawyer Mendel Green, had filed the request alongwith his son Hussain Mohiuddin. On October 17, 2009, his asylum application was accepted, while he was issued the Canadian passport about six months back.
The MQI chief has also been receiving welfare funds from the Canadian government, citing health issues.
Qadri, who led a 5-day long march in Islamabad which concluded on Thursday evening, is currently present in Pakistan. He is scheduled to fly back to Canada on January 27th along with his family.