In the past few days lawyers and civil society activists have been in full swing for the preparations of the Long March to Islamabad. This procession is based on the simple one-point agenda for the unconditional restoration of the independence of Judiciary in Pakistan. A large delegation is expected to leave Karachi on the morning of Monday the 9th towards Hyderabad and onwards. The schedule is as follows
- 9th June – Karachi – Hyderabad (2 hours stop) – Sukkur (night stay)
- 10th June – Sukkur to Multan
- 11th June – Multan to Lahore
- 12th June – Lahore to Islamabad
- 13 & 14th June – Massive protest in Islamabad with a stand off at the Parliament House
For the people of Karachi it will actually mean a week long commitment, a sacrifice which many will make for the cause to restore the Judiciary, but it is very much possible that some might not be able to go the long haul to Islamabad, hence alternate and shorter arraignments are being offered to cater or customize to any opportunity. Which can be divided into four basic routes
- Karachi to Islamabad – For the die-hards and committed individuals this will be chance of a life time to be part of history, many have attributed the events leading up to the Independence in 1947 as those that made Pakistan this Long March is probably an event that keeps Pakistan together. The trip to Islamabad and back will almost last for seven days and quite a large delegation has already committed to this long journey
- Karachi to Sukkur – For those who can spare a day or two from their bust schedule this, can be a good show of commitment to the cause. The long march procession is expected to arrive at Sukkur on Monday evening, where a Jalsa will most likely be held and participant will be put up for the night. Many may favor an overnight stay in Sukkur to return on Tuesday, while some may venture to drive back all night in time for office early morning [difficult proposition]
- Karachi to Hyderabad – This 5-6 hour trip to Hyderabad and back might favor many who can spare a day, with the hope of returning home by 5pm the same day.
- Farewell Reception at Toll Plaza – The last and probably the most convenient is to request activists throughout Karachi to join the procession till the toll plaza, this in all technicality will help ensure larger numbers to push this movement off too a flying start.
Though we welcome everyone to join us for the trip to Islamabad but if not possible then anywhere in between. In true essence an appeal is being made to everyone across Karachi (and also throughout Pakistan) to spare a moment of your busy schedule to become a part of history. This is probably a critical juncture for our nation where we can be a part of a movement that saves Pakistan. We ask for no political twists and ramblings just simply to agree on a unifeid one-point agenda and that is to appeal for the restoration of the Independent Judiciary, no-half hearted compromises, or tongue-in-cheek offers and counter offers, Just the restoration of the pre-Nov 2nd Judiciary.