As the government allowed protesters of the “Azadi” and “Inqilab” marches to enter the Red Zone and ordered authorities not to use violent means to stop them, policemen were seen relaxing throughout Wednesday.
A group of cops were seen playing cards, sitting at the venue where marchers from Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf have pegged their camps outside Parliament House.
Usually calm and heavily guarded, the area outside Parliament House is presently packed with thousands of women and children, old and young, from across the country. A number of participants of the sit-ins could be seen sitting under the shade of trees to escape the scorching sun.
Policemen did not face any trouble from the marchers as members of both parties spend their time dancing and singing on revolutionary and patriotic songs at the venue rather than altercating with authorities.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2014.