Friday, June 13

Update on the Long March

Dear all,
I could not write regularly on th developments of the Long March. It was due to the stealing of my mobile that I was using to send reports on the waty.
Now I am at net cafe in Rawalpindi, as thousands are in the ong March and stuck at Liaqat Park. I took the oppurtunity to write on.
We arrived in Rawalpindi from Lahore in nearly 20 hours. So a distence of 300 kilometers was covered in 20 hours. The reason was that many thousnads of people were waiting for the Long March and they were stoping them to speak to them. I have never seen such a sentiments against the military ruler General Musharaf as was witnessed on the route. Every single person was angry on General Musharaf. they wanted the judges to be restored.
At 4am, in Gujrat, over 4000 were waintg for us and there was a public meeting at the time. So was the case all along. The road were not deserted but full of people where ever there was some population. At rawalpindi, it is see of heads all over. After long time, ordinary Pakistanies have joined the lawyers movement. Those who were saying where are the people, they can see today where are the people. They are all against the military rule and for restoration of the top judges.
There are stalls every where and the particpants are offered water and some time some food as well. It is very hot and still the particpant of this historic long march are fighting the heat by coming openly in the sun to raise slogans.
Around fifty women members of Labour Party Pakistan were raising slogans all the way. they were very energatic and particpating in full capacity.
I had to rush, may be write later this evening.
Farooq Tariq 

Farooq Tariq
Labour Party Pakistan
40-Abbot Road Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: 92 42 6315162 Fax: 92 42 6271149  Mobile: 92 300 8411945 

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