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Role for the rule of law…

A large number of civil society members protested peacefully bit firmly in Markaz F-7 Jinnah Super Market Islamabad in the afternoon of 27th February 2009.

The protest was against multiple things , primarily the following:

– Lack of Independence of Judiciary and holding back from the promise of reinstsatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar choudhry
– NRO beneficiaries in the current administration
– The way Sharif brothers were disqualified for political objectives , using a pliable judiciary
– The lack of accountability of ex-dictators like Musharraf , and the current political leaders of Pakistan, specially President Zardari
-The way our leaders bow before American agenda and orders.

It was also aimed :

-To gather support from people and civil society for the upcoming long march
– To increase awareness amongst the masses that people of Pakistan need to assert their will to set and keep Pakistan on the right track.

People from all walks of life participated in the gathering , holding placards and protesting in black flags. There were ladies : housewifes , young girls , children , students , local businessmen and traders of Jinnah Super, old retired bureaucrats , young men , people from rich and humble backgrounds. Amongst those whom I could recognize were Mr.Roedad Khan and Mrs.Ghazala Minallah ( wife of Mr.Ather Minallah ) – as they were amongst the leaders . Some people gave brief speeches explaining the viewpoints . The gathering then made a round trip of entire Jinah Super Market , whereby many others joined them and others cheered and supported the cause as well.

Everyone was united in the demand for the restoration of an independent , fair judiciary of Pakistan under the leadership of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

There were policemen and officers vieweing and observing the situation , but all was very peaceful and ended gracefully while giving a firm strong message . Very well done indeed.

So – three cheers for the citizens of our beloved Islamabad.

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