Posted by Faris
Today, PR crew assembled at Agha’s Super Market in the morning and departed to the High Court. Other members of PR were already present at the High Court, while some joined us later.
Awab (with his beautifully decorated truck and black flags) and PR bus with posters and stickers all over them, went with the convey from the High Court to the Mazaar-e-Quaid. After an hour or so of speeches and gathering of lawyers from different parts of the city, the judicial convey left for Sohrab Goth. In the searing heat, the convey was received at Sohrab Goth by HRCP personnel. A little later, nearly one hundred cars and numerous large buses of judges, lawyers, political activists and citizens of Karachi, along with a large media presence marched towards Hyderabad.
The PR bus with Uzma, Abira, Husna, Aisha, Moneeza, Lala, Asim, Noman Qadri, Sohail (and me) went through the ride waving to the participants and other travelers on the highway. We also had engaging discussions ranging from politics to religion, IPL, Bollywood and PR’s future activities!
We reached Hyderabad around 4 p.m. and found that the march had dispersed into two pieces. Problems with the buses on the highway led to a disorganized reception of the march at the toll plaza in Hyderabad. Finding out quite late, PR members raced to the bypass on the road to Nawabshah to catch the reception at that point, however by the time we reached there it had already left for Sukkur. The lawyers and judges were in a real hurry to reach Sukkur since it was already 5 p.m. at this time.
PR’s presence was highly appreciated by the lawyers fraternity and the mainstream political parties were surprised to find a citizen’s group alongside them.
Overall, it was an engaging trip where many of the PR members had an opportunity to spend time and know each other better. We realized that other than our meetings, protests and participation in grand rallies, PR as a group must also have social evenings, where members can get to know more about each other…this will certainly bring us closer together as a group.
We wish Noman Qadir, Lala Hasan, Salahuddin Ahmed and all other friends from Karachi a safe journey to Islamabad and the best of luck in the days at the capital! Hamara jazba aap keh saath hay!
LONG MARCH ZINDABAD!
HUM MULK BACHANEY NIKLAY HAIN, AAO HAMARAY SAATH CHALO!