Power crisis: 100 legislators rally outside presidency

Published: October 6, 2011
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Chaudhry Nisar protesting along with other PML-N members and opposition leaders. PHOTO: AFP

Chaudhry Nisar protesting along with other PML-N members and opposition leaders. PHOTO: AFP

Chaudhry Nisar protesting along with other PML-N members and opposition leaders. PHOTO: AFP
PML-N leaders, members of parliament address protest rally outside the presidency.

ISLAMABAD: Protesting against the government’s inaction over the ongoing power crisis, parliamentarians, led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), staged a protest and sit-in on Thursday in front of the presidency.

The protest also included angry sloganeering from the ruling party’s very own parliamentarian. “A government that is failing to protect its people does not deserve to rule the country,” Nasir Ali Shah from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Quetta’s Hazara community said.

MPs from almost all opposition parties and even an uneasy government ally, totalling about 100, took part in the protest.

Members of the Q and like-minded factions of the Pakistan Muslim League and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), rallied with the PML-N members from the parliament to the presidency.

Head of his own PPP faction, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and a couple of members from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) were also among the protesters.

Almost 100 MPs and 50 activists later staged a brief sit-in outside the official secretariat-cum-residence of President Asif Ali Zardari where members from all parties addressed protesters.

Although a large number of law-enforcement agencies personnel were on their toes – both in and outside the presidency – at no point did they confront the marching MPs who were led by National Assembly opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Addressing the parliamentarians, Khan warned the government that his party would hold more such protests if the administration did not steer the country out of the multiple crises it was facing.

“We are here to make the resident of this house [the Presidency] realise that the people of Pakistan are in pain … and they are desperately looking towards their rulers for help,” Khan said.

(Read: Electricity matters)

The PML like-minded group chief Salim Saifullah Khan said there was a crisis in the country and nobody seemed serious about tackling the challenges.

“The government should have focused on solving people’s problems … but unfortunately, that is not happening,” Sherpao said.

“The government’s numerical strength in parliament doesn’t reflect the public support for it,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 7th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Maha
    Oct 6, 2011 - 1:54PM

    V.good going..
    PML-N zindabad,

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  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Oct 6, 2011 - 1:56PM

    Finally PML(N) has started the campaign for ouster of the Govt. but then many people still think that this is “NOORA KUSHTI“!!!!

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  • Oct 6, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Dea PML(N), your honesty in Pak politics now a days is much like oxygen. The higher up you go, the scarcer it becomes…

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  • rizwan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:25PM

    peaceful protests should be carried out by the opposition parties to force the rulers to move in right direction.

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  • Ris
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:29PM

    All these people who stage sit-ins or hunger strikes etc. they’re all greedy people and want power for themselves. Do no listen to the propoganda posts, most of the “pro” posters are probably part of a campaign anyway. Please if you are going to support anyone then support fresh minds. That is the only way we can prosper.Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:38PM

    It is nothing but drama to divert attention of people from DENGUE.

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  • Hasan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:53PM

    Another drama by PML-N, they had been in coalition in punjab govt. with PPP for 3 yrs. how come they didn’t realize all this before. Recommend

  • Hasan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:54PM

    only support PTI people, they are untried people and their leadership is honest atleast…

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  • All BS
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:25PM

    What a loser protest, not even a 100 people…..

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  • Ris
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:35PM

    @Ali:
    I dont think this has anything to do with dengue but yes it is a drama.

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  • Naqvi
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:41PM

    I am not pro-PML (N) at all, but those who are calling this just a diversion from dengue issue, they are so blinded by the hatred that they even can’t use their common sense to analyze something. It is true that the Punjab govt. did not take the dengue virus into serious consideration for several months, it was definitely a negligence on their part; but the fact remains, that such an issue cannot be resolved as the electricity crises can: “you just have to pay, and long gone the problem”. All the corruption and mismanagement apart, Shahbaz Sharif is doing whatever he can to resolve the matter, seeking domestic and International help. We all should support him in this time of need. Recommend

  • Taya
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:55PM

    Support to no one else, but Musharraf

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  • Muhammad Amer
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:33PM

    I sincerely believe we need Musharaf in power and Imran in opposition. Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:12PM

    @ Muhammad Amer

    I think the same. I feel tommorows Leadership should be from APML and PTI. Good bye to Old bad faces.

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  • blithe
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:27PM

    @Ali:
    Don’t you think the Federal Goverment has any resonsiblity in controling in dengue???

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  • Mirza
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:07PM

    Sharifs have been ruling most of Pakistan for over 3 years but do not want to take any responsibility. They have full control over health ministry but failed again in that as well. They want to play like MQM, be in the govt and in opposition at the same time. You cannot do both and people in Punjab are not insane. The only difference in PPP and PML-N is, in PPP the power is given to a family member after sudden death of the leader, while in PML-N it is transfered in the leader’s own life. BTW, where is Jawed Hashmi the only sincere leader in the party?Recommend

  • blithe
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:54PM

    @Mirza:
    Don’t you see him in the picture? Or is your bias also blinding your eyesight?

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  • Ris
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:35PM

    @All BS:
    It’s all nonesense. Some low level PML_N worker is trying to earn brownie points by doing this so that he can go off and tell his higher ups about it. Waste of time. People should ignore this and go out for a movie or dinner instead.

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  • Dan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:50PM

    ‘Bari deir ki mehraban aatey aatey’

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  • No BS
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:37PM

    LOL, not even the Sharif brothers supported the party protest, both were missing in action!!!!!

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  • Mirza
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:32AM

    @blithe:
    Being in a picture with low level people does not mean having power. The actual power lies with Nawaz, Shahbaz and his son. The picture reminded me of Hashmi who kept the PML-N alive when Sharifs were in a palace and Hashmi in jail. NS is still following the terms of amnesty agreement with Mush via Saudi Arabia. That is why he did not contest any elections, not even by-election. I would vote for a party today, if it is headed by an honest man like Hashmi.
    Regards,
    Mirza

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  • Zohaib
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:11AM

    Dear people, we should accept thatSHARIFS ARE NOT SHAREEF… And ZARDARI IS ALL 10%
    So please reject PPP, PML-N, PML-Q and ANP…
    VOTE FOR PTI and IMRAN KHAN He is at least sincere with our poor people of the nation, even his enemies accept his honesty… Recommend

  • Syme
    Oct 7, 2011 - 7:54AM

    What is the purpose of parliament house? A freak show on road is a publicity stunt.

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  • kashan
    Oct 7, 2011 - 8:47AM

    Protest on roads, burning public property, destroys government assets is not the solution of any problem.Recommend

  • HARRY STONE
    Oct 7, 2011 - 9:14AM

    Time to build more warheads……..

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  • kamran
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:39AM

    if sharif brother do noting then biased people called friendlly opposition and when they performing for good cause its called drama.

    what imra khan deliver yet??????

    Only words did he go for hunger strike like anna hazaray did he put all his own money to stop dengue?????

    he is working only one agenda to help PPP and MQM to come in punjad by breaking votes of PML-N by giving baseless statement

    so “SAMJ KAY JAGO”

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  • asif
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:16PM

    no one knows PML(N) IN KARACHI …..

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