LAHORE (October 27, 2011) : All is Set for Pakistan Muslim League Rally against PPP Government in Lahore. The protest rally will start from Nasir Bagh and it will terminate at Bhaati Gate. Shahbaz Sharif and other PML-N leaders will address the rally.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend rallies in Pakistan’s political capital Lahore this weekend, demanding that President Asif Ali Zardari quit and for snap polls next year.
Appetite for election fever is heating up in the city of eight million, Pakistan’s second biggest and the capital of the most populous province Punjab, which commands the most number of seats in the national parliament.
It makes it bitterly contested political territory where opposition leaders are holding major rallies targeting the unpopular Zardari down and trying to whip up votes for the future.
Chief among them is former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, whose Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party controls Punjab and is the main opposition party at a national level, who is expected to draw large crowds at a rally on Friday.
“Join the protest rally on 28th October against costly electricity, power cuts and the worst corruption,” read banners strung up by PML-N on seemingly every nook and corner of the city.
“Come to change your destiny, come to save the country from looters and plunderers,” chant party activists down public address systems.
Disillusionment is certainly high with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) that swept to power on a five-year ticket in February 2008 two months after Zardari’s wife, ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated.
(Published in “Express Tribune”)