In response to the news story ‘Where were the leaders of Friday’s protest calls?’ (The News, Sept 22), I would like to correct that unlike other leaders, Imran Khan was fearlessly leading the massive protest rally taken out by the PTI in Islamabad on the Ishq-e-Rasool Day. This not only ensured that the protest remained peaceful and disciplined but also ensured that the rightfully agonised workers did not turn into a leaderless mob like what happened in other places.
As also pointed in the news item, this was in sharp contrast to the spineless leaders of all other mainstream political parties who chose to remain cocooned in the safety of their homes on this eventful day when a large number of Pakistanis were on the roads to register their protest and anger. Pakistan today needs leaders who can stand with people and take bold decisions to take the country out of the deep abyss it is in right now. In this regards the PTI peace rally in Waziristan will, inshallah, be another watershed that will be the first bold step towards healing the wounds of the drone-hit victims of the area and ending the war upon our own citizens.
Malik Amin Aslam
What happened on Friday was not unexpected. Unfortunately, no effort was made by the government to forestall it. It was expected that the government would call on the clergy as well as political leaders and stress the need for ensuring that the crowds remain peaceful and do not turn into a mob.
In this regard, the peaceful procession taken out on Sept 22 by the Tehreek-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran in Rawalpindi-Islamabad under the leadership of Allama Tahirul Qadri showed that leadership plays a vital role on such occasions.
Lt-Col (r) Muhammad Ikram Ullah Khan