The Lahore police have lodged an FIR against 250 PPP workers for protesting the Supreme Court ruling against President Zardari’s executive order and for burning effigies of Nawaz Sharif and Iftikhar Chaudhry. PPP Punjab president Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan has even been included in the FIR despite the fact that he and President Zardari had both stopped PPP workers from burning effigies of Nawaz Sharif.
First of all, political protests are not a crime. And if burning of effigies of political leaders is a crime, then why aren’t PML-N workers also being charged with this offense? After all, on the same day that PPP workers were burning effigies of Nawaz Sharif, PML-N workers were burning effigies of President Zardari in Faisalabad, Sargodha and Multan.
In fact here is pictorial evidence of PML-N women’s wing workers torching an effigy of President Zardari in Multan:
Here is another picture from February 2 of protestors in Lahore burning an effigy of President Zardari:
So the question is, why are only the PPP workers being targetted?
And why, if President Zardari and Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan are pursuing politics of reconciliation, is the Punjab government constantly escalating its aggressive stance towards its coalition partner in Punjab by encouraging such petty acts of political victimization?