What was starting to look like a circus now seems to be turning into a small-scale war. Ever since the country’s top judge was suspended by the president, there have been endless protests and rallies against the decision. At first these were like any other protests, though on a larger scale than usual. Well and good. Justice should be upheld and not easily manipulated by those in power. But then the rally in Lahore looked more like a political one or maybe even an opulent celebration of sorts.
Now people have died. Though I haven’t seen any of the news channels, those that have say that Karachi has turned into a war zone with upto 50 or 60 people dead (the official death toll stands at around 12). Most of Islamabad is peaceful, but there have been cautions against going anywhere near Blue Area. No news about it so far which is good news.
The government has started holding its own rallies, causing inconvenience to citizens and potentially endangering the lives of those attending. I hope all this is resolved soon before more destruction is caused and precious (or not so precious for the elite Pakistanis) lives are lost.
Here is the BBC article (currently top story) on the subject.