We just had a long chat with Mr. Warraich, one of the young lawyers marching from Lahore to Islamabad. The basic updates have been provided in our section on the the march, but this seemed like a good opportunity to share some of the details provided. They are a party of eight – six lawyers and two members of civil society.
Filling us in on their journey since Saturday when we last communicated, Waqas said that they were in Gujrat on Sunday and in Kharian on Monday. After the reception at the Kharian Bar Association, they left for Jhelum, where they arrived this evening.
He said that he found it hard to believe that he had walked all this way on foot, but that it was true that their tiredness evaporated when they saw the receptions they got everywhere they go. Bar associations all along the way have received them in large numbers and given the distinctive attire of the marchers, the attention of large, well-organised groups such as the Bar Associations and the high volume of traffic all along the GT Road, they’ve repeatedly been received by crowds of more than a thousand – ordinary folk, curious, admiring, enthusiastic, inspired. People shower them with kindness, offering water, tea and food, while reporters from the print and electronic media cover their progress (which, this scribe notes, means that editors of media outlets do not deem this story interesting or important enough – an interesting case for students of the interaction between private profit and public interest).