Flexing muscles



March 5, 2022


These are the days of marches aimed at bringing back the horrible prospects of the proverbial Ides of March for the ruling clique. There is a string of marches crisscrossing the land portraying an intriguing mix of colour, agitation and political stamina. One march is led by the young scion of Bhutto clan who appears desperate to learn the ropes and carve out a niche for himself by getting out of his wily father’s shadow. His march will pass through 34 cities to reach Islamabad after 10 days on 8 March but the final venue of their gathering in Islamabad is kept secret though conjecturing describes them as D-Chowk, Aabpara Chowk and Faizabad Intersection, all sensitive areas for the ruling dispensation. The participants of the march are demanding nothing less than the resignation of the prime minister otherwise they will do the needful themselves. On the other hand the ruling part is engaged in a counter-march dubbed as “Haqooq-i-Sindh March’” led by the incumbent foreign minister proceeding towards Karachi. As has happened in the past such marches end up achieving nothing except giving a fillip to many sagging political careers ultimately failing to instigate a productive popular consciousness of bringing about meaningful socio-political change. TW


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