LAHORE: Labour Party Pakistan (LPP) Tuesday ( 12 June) organised
a protest demonstration against the illegal detention of LPP's
General Secretary Farooq Tariq in front of Lahore Press Club.
Braving a high temperature of 47 degree centigrade, over 300 protestors
gathered at 4: 30 pm amidst sizzling heat in Lahore. They were
raising slogans against General Pervaiz Mushrraf regime and demanding
immediate release of LPP leader and all other political prisoners.
They were holding posters with Farooq pictures, banners and placards
inscribed with slogans against the repressive regime of General
Mushrraf. The charged crowd chanted anti- Mushrraf slogans with
full voice while police looked on. The red party flags were hurling
all around. Among most recited slogans include "Go Mushraff
go", Release Farooq Tariq, " Free Farooq Tariq and political
activists", "No to dictatorship", "No role
for army in politics" etc.
A large number of LPP workers, representatives of civil society
organizations, trade unions and political parties participated
in the protest demo. At the end of demo some activists delivered
brief speeches. They vowed to continue struggle against Mushrraf
regime and demanded of the government to withdraw cases and immediately
release Farooq Tariq and all other political prisoners. Prominent
among those who spoke on the occasion include Secretary Pakistan
Social Forum Irfan Mufti, Convener Lahore High Court lawyers committee
for coordination with civil society Kawar Hehmood Khatana, President
All Pakistan Teachers Federation Muhammad Azam Butt, General Secretary
National Workers Party, Malik Aslam, Chairperson Labour Party
Pakistan, Nisar Shah, Prof. Nisar Saffadar advocate, Mahmood Butt
General Secretary All Pakistan Bhatta Mazdoor Union, Azra Shad
Chairperson Women Workers Help Line, Yousif Baloch and Moin Nawaz
Pannu of National Trade Union Federation and Eng. Saleemulla of
Jamiat Ulamia Pakistan.
The protesters peacefully dispersed after one hour demonstration.