Pakistan's journalists tweeted their analysis of what's ahead for the country as thousands of protesters led by opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri tried to blockade Parliament on Wednesday.
The protesters have taken to the streets of Islamabad for five days, led by Khan, a cricket star turned opposition leader, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a cleric who runs a network of Islamic schools and charities. Both want Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over allegations of corruption and election rigging. The Supreme Court summoned both to appear before the court on Thursday.
"Analysts say allowing #IK (Imra Khan) and #TUQ (Tahir ul-Qadri) into the red zone is a moral victory of the Govt. I consider this act has weakened the Govt.", tweeted Umar Cheema, journalist with The News.
Khan heads Pakistan's third-largest political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He has demanded that Sharif resign by Wednesday evening or he would storm the PM's house with other protestors.
"Like it or not but this is the difference between democracy and dictatorship Musharraf never allowed public protest in front of parliament", tweeted journalist Hamid Mir who currently works with Geo TV.
The government has not resisted the marchers but has deputed army at sensitive installations and buildings in the Red Zone.
Mansoor Ali Khan, journalist with Geo News, tweeted that "This situation has been planted by IK, watered by #TUQ, fertilized by Sheikh Rasheed and given a shade by #PMLQ".
Here are a few more reactions from Pakistani journalists on Twitter:
Pakistan PM might be meeting his main political foe Imran Khan and find a way out of the impasse. Democracy entails negotiation & bargain!— Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) August 20, 2014
Even if govt is forced tonight by Army to resign, there is no martial law, yes such step is also extra constitutional— javed ahmed qazi (@jvqazi) August 19, 2014
NS reaction is slow, nay glacial. He is acting like Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Moughal.— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) August 20, 2014
This is not the first time Imran Khan has led a caravan of fools on a journey to nowhere. Remember the march to S. Waziristan?— Khurram Husain (@KhurramHusain) August 18, 2014
There is no difference anymore between Dr tahir-ul-Qadri Mullah Omar and #ISIS terror khalifah in Iraq— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaGeoNews) August 20, 2014