Feb 27, 2009

People's anger over SC verdict rages on

The whole City burst into protest demonstrations, especially on The Mall, outside the Punjab Assembly against the Sharifs’ ineligibility here on Thursday. It was the second day of the demonstrations that sparked across the country all of sudden after the disqualification decision by the Supreme Court. Thunderous slogans like ‘decision is unacceptable’ ‘Zardari Tery Zabte Hum Nahi Mante, Zulam Ke Zabteh Hum Nahi Mante’ and ‘Sher Ek Wari Fair’ were raised by the enraged PML-N protestors during the demonstration on The Mall. The protestors were holding black flags and burnt tyres and effigies of President Asif Ali Zardari, CJP Abdul Hameed Dogar and Governor Salman Taseer. Wearing caps made of Nawaz’s posters, they were holding party flags, banners, placards and big posters of Sharif brothers and continued chanting slogans using loud speakers. To keep the tyres and effigies burning for long, petrol was taken out from the motorcycles parked outside the Punjab Assembly. Some groups of protestors took out their upper garments and beat their chests to show their disdain against Zardari. A number of party activists appeared before cameras of different channels for their live footage. When the demonstration was at its peak, people caught two pick-pocketers and handed them over to police. A PML-N worker climbed over a poll at Regal Chowk and fixed the party flag. People paid him rich tribute over his courageous and adventurous effort. The workers took out protest rallies from Baghbanpura, Chungi Amer Sidhu, Bilal Gunj, Mochi Darwaza, Ichrah, Gawalmandi and many other areas. Before the start of demonstration, police was positioned around the Punjab Assembly and the Governor House. All roads leading to the assembly was barricaded since morning. Protestors started gathering slowly and a number of vehicles decorated with big posters of Sharifs and loud speakers were arranged. MNAs ans MPAs also joined the central demonstration. Different party wings including Kissan Wing, Culture Wing, Women Wing Labour Wing and Professional Wing appeared in the form of small groups and merged with the main gathering.

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