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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dharna: Few Impressions
I visited dharna of TUQ in the evening. Have to accept that number is
large. My guess is around 70,000 were still there in the evening.
Majority of the people are from lower income groups. I would say this is
the group which has been hardest hit by the economic crises created by
this incompetent and corrupt government. They are very well organized
and seem quite prepared for a long stay. Though the young boys of the
Minhaj-ul-Quran are trying to maintain security and people are being
checked at every 10 meters, yet there is no official security. There is
grave danger of terrorist activity. The mood in the crowd was festive.
They are not bothered by the fact the Imran Khan has decided not to join
and all political parties have joined hand against them. My heart weeps
for these people who came out in hope of change following some one of
dubious credentials and who now finds himself in a closed alley. But one
thing I can say: use of force against this group is going to be a big
folly and will only help TUQ in achieving his objectives which otherwise
now seem quite difficult. I am sure he must be secretly hoping that
govt uses force against him and turns him into a hero.