Pakistan Set to Protest

Musharraf may be in trouble at home as many of the various political parties have joined a strike call tomorrow urging him to leave office:

MMA Punjab president Liaqat Baloch, MNA, has said that the masses will fully participate in April 2 strike call against the price-hike by downing the shutters and observing the wheel-jam.

(in other words… the people will stay home on a national strike that day.)

Liaqat Baloch said that the MMA’s movement had got positive response from the masses and that had created panic in government camps. He appealed to the masses not to come out of the houses and observe a complete shutdown to express their anger and resentment over the government policies.

The meeting was of the view that the country could come out of crises only if General Pervez Musharraf resign from the offices.

Meanwhile the MMA city chapter chief Hafiz Salman Butt has alleged that the government was arresting their workers after feeling the intensity regarding the expected success of the strike-. He said the police was raiding the houses of MMA leaders and workers and had arrested their six workers from Shad Bagh area.

However, the Islamic leader of the JUI-S said that his group would not join in on the strike:

Maulana Samiul Haq announced that his party would not support the MMA’s April 2 strike call. While criticising the policies and activities of the MMA, he said there was no need of going for agitational politics as the political and economic scenario of the country needed more unity in the ranks of the nation.

But his party is especially unhappy with the 17th Amendment which…

“gave the Constitution a permanently secular look and decreased the party’s worth in the eyes of the voters. He expressed his fear that after these changes the alliance would not be able to win the public support again.”

Let’s hope so! Samiul Haq added:

He said while Islam in its very nature was moderate, the US government was leaving no stone unturned to link it with terrorism and extremism. He said after meddling with the madrassah system, even the mundane educational institutions were being further secularised by handing them over to the Aga Khan Foundation. He said the majority of the country was convinced that it did not want secularism, nudity and obscenity like parading women in knickers, which was only the agenda of an elite minority.

The largest islamic Party the MMA has already said that it would walk to Islamabad if that’s what it took to get Musharref from power.

The Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) on Monday announced its support to the strike calls separately given by MMA and PONM.

The PPP, the mainstream member party of ARD, also decided to support the shutter-down and wheel-jam strike call given by the Pakistan Oppressed Nations Movement (PONM) on March 31.

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