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Today when I reached Sindh High Court Bar in the morning, I that the Police were hurdling protestors of JI and Qadir Magsi’s STP in Police vans. Still many defiant activists of JI and STP kept on pestering the police, who used to charge towards them after every few minutes. There were many policemen in plain clothes today as well. After sometime, around 100 lawyers came out of the High Court. Then other activists from LPP and Awami Tehreek also joined in. I along with my fellow IS members also joined in this procession, which started to swell.
We marched from Sindh High Court/Passport Office to the Bus Stop near Rainbow Centre, Saddar. There everybody got organised and got into there respective cars and buses. IS members also got into their cars. And from then on, the procession was great. We went from Quaid’s Mazar to Islamia College, to Jail Chowrangi to NIPA, to Gulshan Chowrangi to Sohrab Goth. It was at Sohrab Goth when we got out of our cars for a little while and chanted slogans and what not. It was great to see the familiar faces of Salahuddin and Noman Qadir (they helped us a lot during the last march till Islamabad). We crossed Al-Asif and were going smoothly when one of cars developed a problem.
We had to stop for 10-15 mins. During this time the whole procession lead by Rasheed Razvi had crossed us, and were headed towards Toll Plaza. Once we got things in order we started again, but suddenly we saw that the police had sealed the road and were not letting anyone through. It was during this time that Activists and Lawyers were beaten up and arrested at toll plaza. It was all planned. When the police would let us through for like 30 mins, Sadly we had to return. Then I got news that Samina Noman, Noman Qadir, Salahuddin, Rasheed Razvi, Munir Malik and LPP Activists including Shela Raza had been arrested.
Amidst all the overnight and todays arrests, amidst all the confusion, Todays Defiance by the Lawyers and Civil Society and Political Parties was Awesome. All Around the city people came out of their buildings and were showing victory signs and filming us with their cell phones, From the numerous smiles that I saw on faces of by-standers, I sensed that they knew in their heart…That a Change is Gonna Come….