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Now The War On Terror Enters Final Stage

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Situation in Pakistan is going from bad to worst as the main opposition party of Pakistan has been inciting the people to start civil disobedient movement. The PML (N) led by Nawas Sharif, the arch rival of former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf has announced that its workers would be joining the long march of lawyers on Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.

Political observers have been predicting worst scenario in the near future. According to them, situation in Pakistan will remain a big challenge for US President Barack Obama, who is already facing economic crisis on the home front. US and UK ambassadors have been trying to play a role in defusing the situation, but so far they have not succeeded in their mission to defuse the volcanic situation in Pakistan. The following is the address of Mian Nawaz Sharif to a charged crowd in Abbottabad in which he incited the people for a bloody revolution.

Pakistan Muslim League-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif has asked the nation to get ready for offering sacrifices for a revolution in the country.

Addressing a charged rally here on Wednesday, Nawaz said time had come that the people should come on streets to change their destiny. He asked the people to take part in the long march of lawyers, if they wanted to change their fate.

Nawaz said President Asif Ali Zardari has again introduced the politics of horse-trading in the country. He lauded the efforts of Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Sardar Mehtab Khan and Pir Sabir Shah for the restoration of deposed judges and supremacy of constitution.

"Today is a defining moment in Pakistan's history. We can change the destiny of this country. Pakistan stands at a crossroads today and it is your duty to save it," Nawaz said.

"We want to change this outdated system because it poses a danger to our existence and they want to charge me for sedition," he told the rally of thousands of supporters, who cheered and waved party banners.

The PML-N Quaid said the people were facing a grim situation, because they had not learnt to rise up against the system. He said the PML-N would not go nation’s sacrifices unnoticed. He said the society was facing unrest, turmoil and anxiety because of the wrong and inconsistent policies of the previous and incumbent governments.


The security forces have also started arresting the political workers and lawyers to stop them from the long march. The following is the report of Associated Press.

Pakistan arrested hundreds of opposition activists Wednesday and banned protests in two regions ahead of a planned rally outside the parliament that could weaken the already shaky rule of the country's U.S.-allied government.The crackdown by police and intelligence agencies stands to damage the democratic credentials of the ruling party of President Asif Ali Zardari and stoke further anger at the government's one-year-old rule. The opposition, along with lawyers spearheading the planned protest, vowed to press on."I cannot rest when Pakistan is being taken toward disastrous circumstances," Nawaz Sharif, the head of the largest opposition party told several thousands supporters at a rally in the North West Frontier Province. "We cannot compromise when all institutions are ruined and the system is on the verge of collapse."The upheaval comes as nuclear-armed Pakistan is grappling to contain surging violence by al-Qaida and the Taliban and fix an economy that functions only because of support from international lenders. It could lead to a political deadlock and even some form of intervention by the country's powerful military, which has often seized power in the past following chaotic civilian rule.Pakistan's feisty lawyers, Sharif's party and two other smaller groupings are demanding Zardari fulfill a pledge to restore a group of judges fired by former President Pervez Musharraf in 2007. Zardari is refusing to do so, apparently fearing they could try to limit his power or reopen corruption cases against him.Last month, the Supreme Court banned Sharif and his brother from elected office, enraging their followers and energizing the protest movement further.The protesters have vowed to gather in cities around the country on Thursday before leaving for the capital, Islamabad, where they plan to stage a sit-in at the parliament building until their demands are met.But public gatherings were banned in Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province and Sharif's stronghold, and Sindh, home to the country's largest city of Karachi, the home secretaries in both provinces said.Rao Iftikhar, the home secretary in Punjab, said "around" 300 political activists had been arrested there under a law that allows for six months imprisonment. Past governments have often rounded up activists to weaken demonstrations and released them after a short time.Aitzaz Ahsan, a lawyer's movement leader, said he believed "hundreds" of lawyers had been arrested, but insisted the movement — which helped bring down the government of Musharraf — would not falter."How long can the state resist?" he told a local TV station. "We will keep on knocking on the door of Islamabad relentlessly."Zardari was visiting Iran on Wednesday. Meanwhile, army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani met with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, according to a press release from the premier's office.

The U.S., which supported Musharraf but is backing the civilian government, has yet to make any public statement on the crisis. Last week, Britain appealed for political unity, saying the bickering was distracting Pakistan from the "mortal threat" posed by al-Qaida and the Taliban.


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