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People’s Resistance Update of the Long March

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!


8 Comments

  • Aamir pakistani |

    LONG MARCH ZINDABAD!
    HUM MULK BACHANEY NIKLAY HAIN, AAO HAMARAY SAATH CHALO!

  • MALIK AMAN |

    instead of some cool lines up there that u guys just wrote is that all the patriotism u got ?i mean what does a long march brings except few block roads ,people can;t go to there office and schools they spend it like a holiday .

    can’t we (the people ) can come u with some kind of idea that really matters?

  • Tahseen Alam Khan |

    Long March is the turning point of our History. Defying moments have started Civil Society should participate as much as possible.

  • paindoo |

    The long march fiaso, it seems has started unfolding itself.

    It seems that the cats are fighting over the piece of cheese (as if there was a piece of cheese in the first place). I have heard that ‘Momin aik sorakh say do bar nahe dasa jata’. Someone rush and convey this hadith to Imran Khan.

    Here is the news link:

    http://fastrising.blogspot.com/2008/06/is-there-no-shame-in-these-people.html

    Also with background pictures and video at:

    http://letusbuildpakistan.blogspot.com

    ……….

    Is there no shame in these people?

    Young men claiming to be members of the Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba (aka IJT, aka “the Jamiat”, the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami) disrupted the SAC Long March mobilisation camp at Nasir Bagh around 2:00 PM today.

    They claimed that no one except the Jamiat had the right to organise any activity in that area and that the SAC members should wind up the camp within 10 minutes. The SAC members, heavily outnumbered, decided to negotiate for time and it was agreed that they would wind up the camp by 3:30 PM.

    As the negotiations were ending, two SAC members arrived on the scene. One of them, Ahmed Saleemi, started filming the negotiation process and the activities of the aggressors. One of the saboteurs took offence at being filmed and angrily ordered Ahmed to stop filming and tried to grab his phone. Ahmed resisted, there was a scuffle in which Ahmed, outnumbered, was beaten up. The SAC members (one of whom was a female student from LUMS) managed to disentagle themselves and escape in one of their cars. They made rescue calls and messaged their friends, as a result of which backup started arriving.

    By the time members from various activist groups (SAC, FASTRising, YPL, CMKP, lawyers) as well as the Jamaat coordinator and the Police converged on the scene, the aggressors had cleared out leaving behind the havoc they had wrought. Ale Natiq reports that when he was trying to respond to the panic calls by the SAC members, he was stopped by some of the same aggressors: “I just tried to visit the camp where the IJT guys stopped me on the way just a few meters away from the camp seeing the posters and stickers on my car and forced me to move away.”

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  • Tahseen Alam Khan |

    ZINDABAD PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN. THANKS GOD We are Alive Pakistan is Alive. It was an Electrifying March, massive attendence of the people. This was an eye openner for the rulers. Public has shown what are their priorites. We need Judges to be restored first, Only independent Judiciary is the Solution of all the problems faced by the poor public.

    ZINDABAD PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.