Qadri violated Canada asylum terms by entering Pakistan?

  • PTI, Islamabad
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  • Updated: Jan 19, 2013 00:04 IST

Firebrand cleric Tahirul 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 summoned Qadri, the head of the Tehrik Minhaj-ul-Quran, to appear on February 5, Express News channel reported on Friday. The Canadian authorities said Qadri had violated an oath stating that he was not allowed to enter Pakistan.

Qadri, also known as Abdul Shakoor Qadri, had sought asylum in Canada in 2008, saying there were threats to his life after he met the Danish cartoonist responsible for blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

His asylum application was accepted on October 17, 2009 and he was issued a Canadian passport about six months ago, the channel reported.

Qadri has reportedly been receiving welfare funds from the Canadian government on health grounds. Qadri had returned to Pakistan last month after living in Canada for seven years.

Qadri and members of his family had been booked to fly to Toronto on January 27.

 

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