LAHORE: Activists of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) staged a rally at The Mall on Tuesday to protest the toppling of the Nawaz Sharif government by General Pervez Musharraf eleven years ago. Calling Oct 12 a black day, PML-N leaders denounced the military takeover of 1999 and the deposing of a democratically elected government. They also called for the trial of Musharraf under Article 6 of the 1973 Constitution.
A large number of the party workers including women and children participated in the rally.The participants carrying placards and banners were chanting slogans against Pervez Musharraf and his dictatorship. Addressing the rally, the party’s leaders strongly condemned the step taken by Musharraf. They also urged the federal government to drag the former president before the Interpol and carry out his trial.
The rally was led by PML-N leaders, Senior Advisor to the CM Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, MNA Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Senator Pervez Rashid, MNA Mian Marghoob Ahmed, MNA Naseer Bhutta, MPA Bilal Yasin and others. The protest rally started from the GPO Chowk and concluded in front of the Punjab Assembly.
In a previous meeting, local representatives of the PML-N including district secretary general Malik Ghulam Mustufa Khar and others demanded the government to bring Musharraf back and register a case against him under Article 6.They said the country was passing through different crises because of the dire policies of Pervez Musharraf. They also demanded the government to pass a bill to allow the public to register a case against any traitor under Article 6. The local representatives also criticised the incumbent government for not taking action against Pervez Musharraf.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2010.
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