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Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Saturday announced his retirement from Pakistani politics and from his post as the party’s chairman.

In a message shared via video link in Lahore, Dr Qadri said: “I am retiring from Pakistani politics, political activities and from my post as PAT chairman.”

Dr Qadri said he was not handing over leadership of PAT to his sons, but transferring power to the party’s council 

Our legal battle for the Model Town incident will continue till my last breath,” Dr Qadri said, adding: “That is not a matter of politics, it is a matter of faith.”

In a tweet from his official account, Qadri said: “I am separating myself from the political activities of Pakistan Awami Tehreek. I am announcing my retirement. This decision comes as a result of my health issues and profound academic commitments.”