LAHORE: Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Ali Ahmed Kurd said on Friday the lawyers long march will kick off on March 12 which will reach Islamabad in phases and stage a sit-in before the parliament on March 16. Addressing a press conference along with Barrister Aitazaz Ahsan after the meeting of All Pakistan National Lawyers Council (APNLC), he said decision has been made to change the date of the long march from March 9 to March 12.
“Now the long march will begin from Karachi and Quetta simultaneously on March 12.” The SCBA President said the march will head toward Islamabad from Multan on March 14. It will stage a sit in before the Parliament on March 16.
He said the same route of last year will be taken for the long march. He appealed to the entire bar associations of the country to only ensure their participation in the march but also invite leaders and workers of all the political and religious parties as well as representatives of civil society besides journalists.
According to another news Pakistan Muslim League-N has decided to mobilize its workers for the support of lawyers’ long march. PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is also expected to address some of the gatherings. These visits are being viewed as a part of prior protest in the wake of expected disqualification of Sharif brothers.
According to PML-N sources, PML-N Punjab President Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa and General Secretary Raja Ashfaq Sarwar will tour several districts of Punjab to mobilize the workers. During the first stage, they will go to Sahiwal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur and Multan from Feb 10 to Feb 13. While in the second phase, they will tour Sargodha, Faisalabad and Lahore from Feb 17 to 19.-SANA