Doezens of protesters rallied across the country on Thursday, setting cars ablaze to protest the Supreme Court decision disqualifying the Sharif brothers.
Rangers were called to control law and order in Rawalpindi and Lahore, a private TV channel reported.
Small crowds of PML-N, Jamaat-e-Islami and PTI clashed with police and closed the highway between Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Supporters of the PML-N also attacked Lal Haveli – the residence of former federal minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, who was not at home at the time. The protesters dispersed when security guards inside the building fired gunshots in the air.
In Lahore, protesters stormed the barricades for a sit-in outside the Governor’s House, punching their fists in the air, witnesses said.
Protesters stoned a bank during a protest in Multan.
Dozens also rallied in Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Muzaffarabad, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar. agencies/daily times monitor
Speech invitation to mutiny: Sherry
LAHORE: Information Minister Sherry Rehman has said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif’s speech in Sheikhupura is an open invitation to mutiny and his comments against President Asif Ali Zardari are regrettable, a private TV channel reported on Thursday. According to the channel, Sherry said provoking the government and law enforcement officials by Nawaz was akin to taking the country towards disaster and confrontation, and weakening state institutions. She appealed to the PML-N’s ‘responsible’ leadership to rein in their emotions and avoid making personal comments. She said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had said the “review option” was still open, and the PML-N should avoid politics of confrontation. About governor’s rule in Punjab, she said it was imposed under Article 234 of the constitution, the channel quoted its sources. daily times monitor
Strike call fails
ISLAMABAD: The masses rejected the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) call for observing a strike on Thursday to protest against the Sharif brothers’ disqualification, Interior Adviser Rehman Malik said. Talking to reporters outside Marriott hotel on Thursday, the adviser said the country needed development, not strikes in the current crises. He said traffic plying on roads was a clear indicator of how successful the strike had been, adding the masses did not pay heed to the PML-N’s call. Malik was satisfied with the law and order situation in the country. “Everything is under control.” tahir niaz
What we may see in the months to come is the right-wingers, including the Jamaat-e-Islami and Tehrik-e-Insaf, rallying around the PML-N, pushing the Sharifs further to the right and the supporters of the PPP pitched against them, without sensing the betrayal of their leadership. The real issues, including terrorism, the struggle for rights in Balochistan, food and energy shortages, the breakdown of law and order and lack of basic services, will all be moved to the back burner. The military must not intervene at any cost, for its imminent failure in governance soon after taking over resurrects the old-timers, thus preventing them from becoming irrelevant. The otherwise incompetent and corrupt are absolved of their wrongdoings due to the illegitimacy of military rule. We mustn’t forget that the National Reconciliation Ordinance was passed by a military dictator when sand shifted under his feet.
Zardari is a cheater whereas Nawaz Sharif is a man of principles?
Remnants of General Zia-ul-Haq oblige by assuring Nawaz Sharif of their full support. The pro-Taliban politicians are re-uniting in Pakistan.
Hanif Abbasi, ex-Jamaat-e-Islami, and now PML-N goonda involved in creating law and order situation in Rawalpindi:
Column by Latif Chaudhry in Daily Express, 27 Feb 2009