ISLAMABAD: The ‘Azadi’ March of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf may have brought hardships to most of the citizens in the form of sealed roads, closed markets and constant fear of police crackdown on the marchers.

However, the appearance of famous pop singers at Imran Khan’s sit-in on a daily basis is being enjoyed by the local youth.

Two young salesmen of a known local drug store were heard quarrelling with each other over their turn to attend the rally because their in-charge was only willing to spare one of them.

“You were there [at the march] yesterday and today it’s my turn,” argued one of them. But the second one

contended, “Since it’s your turn to stay on until the store is closed, you have to wait until tomorrow to enjoy the music.”

When asked if they were only interested in music as being criticised by the parties opposed to Imran Khan, one of the two said: “It’s fun to be there but I also voted for PTI in the general elections.”

Salman Ahmad of Junoon is a regular feature at the Dharna. Abrarul Haq comes to the rally on alternate days. Shehzad Roy and Najam Sheraz visited the sit-in between 8pm and 1am.

Published in Dawn, August 27th, 2014

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