Posted by: uss017 | August 22, 2009

Protest Report: August 16 2009 Pro-Musharraf Protest

Assalam Alaikum

Let me begin by apologising to everyone from the bottom of my heart for the delay in reporting back about the outcome of our pro-Musharraf protest which took place on 16 August 2009, outside the Pakistan High Commission in London. I accept full responsibility for the delay, which was caused due to work pressure and family commitments.

Alas, I present the report below for those who were unable to join us for this protest.

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A call was made on this blog announcing the plan to conduct a pro-Musharraf protest in light of the vehement attacks launched against the former President in Pakistan. Soon thereafter, a number of volunteers came forward to assist with the planning and implementation of this protest. Thus six individuals, all either on full-time jobs or studying full-time, formed a group called the “Musharraf Supporters Alliance” in order to organise a pro-Musharraf protest on August 16 outside the Pakistan High Commission in London.

Having no experience under our belts of organising such an event, this was to be a tremendous learning experience for us. In hindsight, we did a fantastic job and plan to continue with our efforts in the future.

Mostly British Pakistani families attended the protest. At the peak we had a little over 100 people in the protest. For the major part, we had around 80-90 participants. To put this in perspective, a number of protests launched by PML-N supporters and, for example, supporters of Imran Khan, have usually gathered either 20 or so protesters or, at most, around 60 protesters. When “stars” such as Imran Khan and/or Jemima Goldsmith are present, the number of protesters usually goes up to around 100 or a little above. Given the fact this was our very first attempt, this was a very good start to say the least. Think of this as a warming-up session, with the bigger event coming your way soon after Eid.

The protest was given coverage by a number of media channels, including ARY, GEO, DUNYA, Star News, Russian News channel (channel #512 on SKY), and a few newspapers as well. According to the ARY reporter, although she claimed she was unable to ascertain the identities of the organisers, it was clear to her that the organisers were educated British Pakistanis. Furthermore, she continued, that the protesters were also lay British Pakistani educated people who had come out with their families to support the former President, with no affiliations with any political party. This, I think, was a good complement and we managed to convey a positive impression to others.

Please bear in mind that when the goons of the goon Nawaz Sharif, for example, conduct protests, their participants are political men and low-class hooligans. Families usually do not participate in their protests. In our case, in sharp contrast, many families had assembled outside the Pakistan High Commission to voice their support for former President Musharraf.

Shortly before the start of the protest, as the organisers were making some preparations, we were joined by an elderly Pakistani doctor who lived close to the Pakistan High Commission. He was opposing Musharraf and was inquiring why we supported him, though in a polite and non-confrontational manner. A number of organisers had a chat with him and subsequently, during the protest, the doctor displayed immense kindness by purchasing orange juices and sharing them with the protesters, who were chanting their slogans under the blazing sun with not a cloud in sight. The doctor was given copies of the material we had produced justifying our support for Musharraf and explaining the reason behind our opposition to Nawaz Sharif and Iftikhar Chaudhry.

The protesters were well-behaved, so much so that when at the end the organisers approached the police to thank them for their assistance, the police said that ours was one of the best-behaved protest they had the pleasure to monitor. In other words, those who support Musharraf were not only educated, but acted in a civilized manner, without causing any trouble and inconvenience to anyone.

This protest was a good start and a success to say the least. It drew out genuine supporters of Musharraf, supporters who want nothing in return and who adore and support the former President for the immense good he has done for Pakistan. The participants were the young, the old, male, female, and people voicing their support along with their families.

Below are links to the pictures and video clips of the protest. Do bear in mind that the videos linked below were made mostly at a time when we had just initiated the protest, as the people were still gathering.

Videos

Various video clips of protest as it just got started and the people were still in the process of joining:

Pictures

Below are just a few protest pictures, with a link leading to additional pictures at the end.

August 16 pro-Musharraf Protest

August 16 pro-Musharraf protest

Supporting Musharraf

Placards

ARY Report

Protesters

Musharraf: Defender, Saver and Rescuer of Pakistan

Additional pictures can be seen on flickr here.

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© Musharraf Supporters 2009 All rights reserved

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Responses

  1. Is Jaa’ a Nasru Allah He Wa Man Fateh un Qareeb

    Musraff visions is our Future
    Musraff is our leader for progressive & peaceful
    PAKISTAN

    ZARDARI PRESS CONFERENCE WITH JOURNALISTS

    OH DEAR what he said he was involved in Mushraff Deal?

    And he said to Mushraff play golf

    Mr. Zardari I feel you are very mentally sick and physically play boy, how you can forget your days while the nation was dying for food and other things you were the person who was giving horses MURABA do you have still in your memory or not.

    Listen Sick person I am not going to accept you the President of Pakistan even I will not accept you office messenger, you come with deal remember NRO and you are corrupted person in Pakistan and all over the world what you were before the marriage with Benazir Bhutto? YOU WERE ZERO INTO ZERO.

    That time you were the Prince of CORRUPTIONS NOW DAYS YOU ARE THE KING OF CORRUPTIONS.

    Musraff did not make the deal he left himself for the sake of Pakistan he needs someone to guarantee that you and your toola not make any problems because nobody can trust you , STILL MURTAZA BHUTTO CASE is open people of Pakistan is remember.

    Mushraff still the popular leader of Pakistan, he is not playing golf daily like you are making daily corruptions from BENAZIR DEVELOPMENTS PROGRAMME and selling Karachi with your 50 percent, he is making Pakistan image with his lectures.

    He is not going to runaway he is coming back soon Pakistan because the nation now badly needed him

    LOOK YOUR OWN COLOR BEFORE YOU ARE BLAMING, YOU WENT VAROUS COUNTRIES FOR DONATIONS BUT NOBODY CAN TRUST SPEICALLY YOU BECAUSE YOUR PAST AND THEY ARE ALSO LOOKING WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING NOW DAYS.

    IF YOU WERE NOT ACCEPTING HIM AS A PRESIDENT WHY YOUR BLOODY PPP PARTICIPATED IN ELECTIONS AND YOU SPEICALLY WAS WAITING NRO.

    SO CHIEF JUSTICE MUST TAKE THE ACTIONS THE PEOPLE WHO IS NOT ACCEPTING HIM PRESIDENT, ALL ELECTIONS AND GOVERNMENT IS VOID AND NULL.

    THIS IS LAW SAYING.

    STOP MAKING STUPID STATEMETNS FACE THE REALITY.

    YOU PEOPLE DONT WANT TO FACE THE REALITY BECAUSE YOU ARE CORRUPTED AND MUNAFAQAIN.

  2. GROUNDS REALITY
    FOR MR ZARADARI AS I SAID RECENTLY 50 PERCENT – MY PREDICTIONS NEVER GO IN VAIN. BECAUSE I DID CA ON YOU.

    YOU ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO READ
    NAZIR LAGHARI COLUMN IN JANG EDITIORAL SECTION TODAY , http://www.jang-group.com

    A SELF-EXPLANATORY FOR CORRUPTIONS – LAW AND ORDER, THE SHORTAGES OF GAS AND ELECTRIC AND MANY OTHERS.

    I DO APRECIATE NAZIR LAGHARI OPEN BOOK.
    WHERE IS THE CHEIF JUSTICE OF PAKISTAN
    WHERE IS IRFAN SIDDIQUI
    WHERE IS HAMID MIR
    WHERE IS ANSAR ABASSI
    WHERE IS DR. SHAHID MASOOD
    WHERE IS BLOODY AITAZAZ HUSSAIN

    THEY HAVE ONLY MUSHRAFFPHOBIA THEY DONT WANT TO CARE THE NATION OF PAKISTAN.

    KUDA PAKISTAN KI HAFAZAT KARA

  3. Dear Musharraf Supporters Alliance,

    You guys did a GREAT job trying to muster support for Musharraf and organize a rally in London. It has given the world an opportunity to view that this leader of Pakistan is still loved, no matter what they call him. People miss him and love him and want to have him back as their leader!

    I appreciate very much your efforts! We all stand with you and looking forward to further organized rallies in Musharraf’s favor.

    All the very best and Hail Musharraf Supporters!

  4. We should conduct protests in favor of retired general Musharraf in USA.. If you really care for Pakistan please respond and circle this message around..

  5. EID MUBARAK TO ALL MUSHRAFF SUPPORTERS
    INSHALLAH NEXT EID WILL BE WITH SALAR-E-MILLAT.

    INSHALLAH
    NASEER

  6. I am really glad to read the report above. Keep up the good work. I am not sure if it already exist but we need to set up something like this in US/ Canada.

    Is there any contact info for Musharraf supporters in US and Canada?

    A. Khan

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    [Moderator: Assalam Alaikum A. Khan and thank you for your kind words. Please send me an email at musharrafsupporters@gmail.com and I will pass you the details of the relevant people in the US and Canada]


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