Thursday, June 12

Update from LPP

I am on a bus rooftop for the last two hours. I cannot tell how many have started from Lahore for the Long March to Islamabad but everywhere there are heads and more heads. It is going better than anybody's expectation.

Our four vehicles are decorated with red flags and they are flying like anything.

The lawyers' movement has caught up the imagination of hundreds of thousands. It took us two hours to travel a few kilometers inside Lahore and is still in Lahore. There are thousands of people on both side of the roads waving to us and happy to see the thousands of people in the Long March.

Slogans are against the military dictator Musharaf, American imperialism, against the price hike, for the restoration of the top judges and for a just society.

There are cheers and confidence on every face. Activists from Muslim League Nawaz, Tehrik-e-Insaaf, Jamaat-e-Islami, Labour Party, Awami Tehreek and lawyers' movement are in thousands on different buses, trucks, mini-buses and cars.

Islamabad is around 400 kilometers from here and we are still in Lahore at 7:30 PM. I think it could take us the whole night to arrive in Islamabad. We want to have a sit-in in front of the Parliament.

Pakistan Peoples Party is nowhere to be seen. It is an all-out opposition show. What a tragedy for PPP to bring so many into opposition within three months.

Farooq Tariq
Labour Party Pakistan

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