In December 2012, after living for seven years in Toronto, Ontario , Canada, Qadri returned to Pakistan and initiated a political campaign. Qadri called for a "million-men" march in Islamabad to protest against the government's corruption.  On 14 January 2013, a crowd marched down the city's main avenue. Thousands of people pledged to sit-in until their demands were met.  When he started the long march from Lahore about 25,000 people were with him.  He told the rally in front of parliament: "There is no Parliament; there is a group of looters, thieves and dacoits [bandits] ... Our lawmakers are the lawbreakers.".  After four days of sit-in, the Government and Qadri signed an agreement called the Islamabad Long March Declaration, which promised electoral reforms and increased political transparency.  Although Qadri called for a "million-men" march, the estimated total present for the sit-in in Islamabad was 50,000 according to the government.
L&T’s chief financial officer R Shankar Raman said that the company had taken a strategic decision to resize a business that was not doing well. “If there is time to get the business back to normality, it is important to reduce under-recoveries. So the jobs that we are finding redundant, we are allowing people to move on,” Raman said. Most of the layoffs were reportedly in the company’s financial services business and the minerals and metals segment even though the company did not offer an official comment on the segments where people were let go.