Media persons boycott Karachi demo after being manhandled by organisers
PML-N rallies turn chaotic
GUJRANWALA/KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) sponsored protest rallies Sunday ñ aimed at denouncing Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and demanding for his immediate resignation ñ quickly turned chaotic, according to reports.
The PML-N took out a large number of processions and demonstrations across the country Sunday, but internal scuffles, lack of discipline, mismanagement and an absence of zeal left the rallies confused and chaotic. In Gujranwala, the PML-N had already announced the launch of its protest movement against Prime Minister Gilaniís refusal to step down following his conviction by the Supreme Court in the contempt of court case. However, while organisers had made arrangements to cater for around 8,000 to 10,000 people at the decided venue, the protestors who attended marked their agitation by burning effigies, while unruly hooligans only added to the chaos. Members of the PML-N youth wing also scuffled with rally organisers by attempting to climb onto the stage. Youngsters were pushed aside and told to stay away.
Similarly the PML-N had also organised an anti-government rally at the Karachi Press Club. PML-N leaders including Saleem Zia, Marvi Memon and Mushahid Ullah Khan were all present on the occasion, but the meeting was marred by chaos leading to a complete boycott of media personnel who were roughly manhandled by unruly workers.