Long March to Islamabad

Posted on June 12, 2008
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Owais Mughal

Trafic Route and blocks for Lawyers Long March on IslamabadThe long march which started at Karachi and Quetta on June 9, 2008 is near Islamabad now. It is scheduled to reach Islamabad on June 13.

The map on the left, from Dawn, shows the Islamabad Police’s plan to “manage” the march. It highlights the roads that the lawyers and other people living in Islamabad can and cannot use.

In a positive development, the lawyers have agreed to a detailed agreement with the government to keep the march peaceful. We certainly hope it is so.

Details from Dawn:

The government and representatives of the legal community signed a 20-point agreement on Thursday to maintain law and order in the federal capital where lawyers’ long march and protest programme will culminate on Friday. The organisers of the protest march have been told that they will be responsible for any disturbance in the city on the occasion. “The agreement has been signed with the consent of coalition partners and representatives of lawyers’ community,” Information Minister Sherry Rehman said at a press briefing on Thursday.

The agreement has been signed by Islamabad’s Deputy Commissioner Amir Ali and Rawalpindi Bar Association President Sardar Attaullah and Islamabad Bar Association (IBA) Secretary General Riasat Ali Azad. The community assured the government that the march would not enter the Constitution Avenue which has been declared ‘red zone’ and will be cordoned off during the protest programme. “Due to safety of diplomatic enclave and other important buildings, including the Parliament House, the area has been declared red zone and no one will be allowed to enter into it,” the minister said.

“But in case of any violation of the agreement and law and order situation, the responsibility will devolve on the organisers,” she said. The minister said PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari would provide food to the lawyers while the local administration would provide water and make arrangements for toilets. She said that the route and final destination of the protesters had been decided. The government, she said, had accepted the demands of lawyers and would facilitate them in setting up dais at the agreed venue at the parade ground, the area close to the Parliament House.

Giving details about the agreed route of the long march in Islamabad, she said the participants would enter the federal capital between 11am and 2pm on Friday from Faizabad and after going through the Zero Point, Kashmir Highway, Abpara Chowk, Suhrawardy Road and Embassy Road they would reach the parade ground. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani presided over a meeting of a committee formed to finalise security arrangements for the long march and expressed satisfaction over the agreement signed by the two sides.The meeting was attended by Prime Minister’s Adviser on Interior Rehman Malik, Ms Sherry Rehman, Labour Minister Khurshid Shah, Law Minister Farooq Naek and PML-N leaders Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal and Khawaja Asif.

The information minister said the lawyers’ representatives had assured the government that they would remain peaceful. The minister said there was no possibility of any PPP leader, including the prime minister, taking part in the lawyers’ programme. Security departments sealed the Constitution Avenue on Thursday night with large containers on all entry points, but some lawyers who had come from Sialkot to take part in the march, managed to enter the red zone. However, they were persuaded by security officials to leave the area.

Paramilitary force and police from Punjab have reached Islamabad to assist the local police in maintaining law and order. About 16 close-circuit cameras have been installed at different places near the venue of the protest meeting with control rooms at the district administration office and the interior ministry.Security departments have also installed more than a dozen security gates to stop suspects from joining the gathering. Dozens of police pickets have been set up on different roads in the city where vehicles are being searched. Armed personnel carriers equipped with anti-riot equipments, including tear-gas shells and rubber bullets have been placed to cope with any breakdown in security.

According to Daily News of June 13, 2008:

The lawyers’ long march caravans comprising political workers, civil society and members of different organisations, left Lahore for Islamabad on Thursday night amidst loud anti-Musharraf and anti-Zardari sloganeering. They vowed to restore the sacked judges of the Supreme Court by laying a siege to the Parliament House and the presidency. The march, which began from Karachi on Monday, gradually swelled in size and strength after passing through different cities including Sukkur, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal and Lahore.It will culminate in a huge rally in Rawalpindi and a long sit-in outside the Parliament House Islamabad on Friday to press for the restoration of the deposed judges of the superior courts to the pre-November 3, 2007 position, and independence of the judiciary as enshrined in the 1973 Constitution.

65 responses to “Long March to Islamabad”

  1. Shaad Ch says:

    what happened to Ali Ahmed Kurd Where is he ?

  2. shahid says:

    After a very long time the Pakistani nation has united under the”lawyers umbrella” and for a very just cause. Aitzaz Ahsan is really commendable for all his efforts to get the judiciary reinstated. I believe its not only the cause of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudary but its the solidarity of the institution and the country.
    On the other hand Pervez Musharaf is behaving in a shameless manner. After seeing such a big solidarity of Pakistani people he should have resigned right away, but he is clinging on to the awan-i-sadar.
    Nawaz Sharif’s attitude is commendable but Zardari’s attitude is lamentable. Particularly the remarks of Rehman Malik were foolish and immature when he commented that the crowd is only 20 thousand.

  3. Ahmad R. Shahid says:

    The effects of long march would come in time. It was on March 23, 1940 that the Quaid-e-Azam addressed a motley crowd of around 40,000 in what is now Minar-e-Pakistan. Muslim League didn’t emerge as a representative party of the Muslims till the elections in 1946. Pakistan was only created in 1947. From 1940 to 1947 it took seven years for a dream to come true.

    China’s Long March started in 1934, yet the revolution only set in in 1949, 15 years after the event.

  4. Ali says:

    It’s started after sunset and it’s all ends up before dawn. May be the men in black were not ready to face the Bright sunny day or simply they couldn’t bear the hot sunshine of june.

    Everything was going in bright and carnival atmosphere but in the end, he made it sad, gloomy and unpleasent. There were millions of hope from long march but all went in vain. People, including me, came out for change, to make history and to watch making of the history but one man disappointed me and the approx half million people.

    Read complete story here:
    http://www.futurebells.com/blog/lawyers-movement/l ong-march-ditch-aitzaz-pakistan/

  5. Ahmad R. Shahid says:

    Kareem: Please read article 6 of the constitution.

    6. High treason.
    (1) Any person who abrogates or attempts or conspires to abrogate, subverts or attempts or conspires to subvert the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.
    (2) Any person aiding or abetting the acts mentioned in clause (1) shall likewise be guilty of high treason.
    (3) [5] [Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)] shall by law provide for the punishment of persons found guilty of high treason.

    Musharraf is guilty of high treason and the sentence for high treason is death, and I believe that in Pakistan they do the hangings.

    So its not sadistic but very realistic. If we want to keep people from violating the constitution, the most henious of all crimes, then the constitution must be adhered to and if it stipulates a death sentence, then so be it.

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