Protest is a right…. but NOT like this

Posted on December 7, 2007
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Photo of the Day
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Owais Mughal

This photo is from today’s Dawn. It shows protesting lawyers damaging public property in Multan.

The ability to protest against that which they consider unjust is everybody’s right. But there is a fine line between peaceful protest and anarchy. Damaging property is definitely wrong and serves no one’s interest. It certainly does not serve the interest of the lawyers movement for democracy.

Violence is clearly wrong. It becomes no less or no more wrong when it is committed by protesting lawyers than when it is done by government against the same protesting lawyers. Just as we have called out against violence committed against protesters by government agencies, we must also call out aginst violence committed by them.

Anger is neither a strategy nor an excuse. The principle is a clear one: Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it and no matter why.

117 responses to “Protest is a right…. but NOT like this”

  1. Eric says:

    No one, not Musharraf, not police, not army gets up in the morning, looks out of the window and says, it is a nice day to go and beat up some lawyers.

    The lawyers, or some among them throw stones or push the barriers, and get spanked.
    Election is the way to bring about change. If there is rigging, then they will have a reason.To assert before hand that there will be rigging is criminal behavior. The whole world is watching the elections, there are innumerable observers, reporters, etc. VOTES WILL COUNTED IN THE PRESENCE OF THE PARTY AGENTS AND A COPY OF THE RESULTS GIVEN TO THEM RIGHT THERE AT THE POLLING BOOTH.
    If the lawyers continue their present agitation politics, they will suffer and so will the nation.

  2. RE says:

    Today more 6 our Army Jawans dead by Extremists terrorists. Where is the outrage? Where is front page article on this.This is the real threat Pakistan is facing today. This is the real issue for today? Why people are not out on streets protesting against these extremists? Why Lawyers are not out?
    This is the army solders defends us from enemy. There should be a fund established to support their families left behind. There funerals should be shown as the funeral of heroes.
    Allah Bless Pakistan
    Unite for the interest of Pakistan.

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