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Crisis commentary: Pak journos tweet their opinion on Islamabad 'uprising'

world Updated: Aug 20, 2014 15:58 IST
Tania Goklany
Tania Goklany
Hindustan Times

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: