Received via e-mail from student bodies at universites in the UK and US:
A peace rally being held in London, UK tomorrow starts at 1400 BST in front of Downing Street and it is expected that there will be a huge turnout while at 1400 in San Francisco , USA a rally is being staged jointly by the PTI (Pakistan Tehreek e-Insaf), FOSA (Friends of South Asia) and ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), outside City Hall which is at the Civic Center in SF.
Key rules to adhere to so that all of us rally for a united front
I. Do not bring any political party flags and refrain from all party politics. The sole purpose of the protest is to strongly condemn themartial law in Pakistan and demand democracy and freedom for Pakistanis.
II. It is okay and actually very important to be critical of General Musharraf and the US government’s support for his dictatorial policies but it is *NOT* ok to talk about the war in Iraq and other policies of the Bush government. By not condemning them, we are not agreeing with those policies, we are just making sure that our objectives do not get lost in a larger debate. It is also *NOT* ok to talk for or against any particular political leader, this is not a PTI or PML(N) rally.
III. Let’s make sure that we focus on the following demands, all ourplacards and slogans should be around these topics such as –
1. No Emergency/ martial law
2. Restore judiciary
3. Release political prisoners
4. Restore supremacy of constitution
5. Free media
6. Oppose US intervention in Pakistan propping up military dictatorship