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However, in Pakistan, in Canada (where he is now based), and within some Muslim communities elsewhere around the world, people know all about Tahir-ul Qadri.Additionally, Qadri – who likes to keep a low profile in Canada – is frequently associated with big-ticket happenings. The sit-in that his young and fervent supporters staged with Khan's supporters in Islamabad this past summer represented a major threat to Sharif's rule, and brought Pakistan perilously close to a takeover by the military, which has ruled the country for nearly half its existence.In Pakistan, whenever someone enjoys relationships with high-profile people, is associated with seminal political events, and boasts the ability to mobilize scores of people on the streets – all while being based abroad – there is a tendency to suspect some level of support, if not sponsorship, from Pakistan's powerful security establishment.However, the idea of the Pakistani military latching onto the frail preacher seems a bit far-fetched, not to mention unfeasible. What's more likely is that Pakistan's security establishment views Qadri (who often praises the military in his speeches) as a useful if indirect proxy who can pressure and weaken a Pakistani government that the military cannot stand. Qadri doesn't seem terribly invested in deep and long-term political relationships.
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