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- Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - From Print Edition


Not in millions but thousands of men, women and children reached Islamabad and participated in the ‘long march’ enthusiastically.


Awami Muslim League (AML) Chairman Shaikh Rashid Ahmed strongly appreciating participants of the ‘long march’ remarked that Qadri’s show didn’t flop. He said that now Qadri would not go empty handed from Islamabad. He said that participants neither care of hunger nor severe weather but willing to stay in Islamabad till acceptance of their demands. It is a dangerous situation for the present government, he warned


Punjab Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah while talking to ‘The News’ said that people have rejected the foreign agenda of Qadri by not participating in the ‘long march’, after which he is suffering from extreme despondency and has lost his senses. He said that Qadri had been claiming for the last many weeks that millions of people would participate in the ‘long march’ however, this drama has completely flopped due to thin participation. He said people have given their decision by remaining aloof from the ‘long march’ therefore, Qadri should now display wisdom and accept the decision of the people.


He also admitted that the Punjab government spent over Rs400 million and deployed more than 50,000 police officials to provide security to participants of the ‘long march’.


All Pakistan Traders Association (APTA) Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Saddique said that majority of the government and opposition leaders blaming Qadri of getting huge funding from foreign countries. Some of them criticised his dual nationality while others considering him the man having no specific agenda. Despite strong opposition, ‘long march’ show did not flop, he said.


Salman Akram Raja, a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court strongly opposed Qadri’s ‘long march’. He said that there is no provision in the constitution to accept his demands. The revolution of Qadri is totally against the constitution, which I strongly condemn, he added.


All Pakistan Civil Society Chairman Azhar Mir said that they could not ignore such a huge gathering in Islamabad. The public gathering could be dangerous for the government, he warned.


He said that the government could not get clean chit this time rather bosses are bound to tackle the situation otherwise unrest in the country is likely. “Overall ‘long march’ show has not flopped,” he remarked.