moon market lahore activity on 30 march 2010


pictures uploaded to facebook group ‘global survivors network’

cheers, its over and went rather well, better then i expected!!

the ceremony started with a recitation of the holy quran, followed by a few words from me, and then rao mubarik ali, the chairman of the association spoke for a few long minutes.

rana azhar abbass, rao mubarik ali and i then pulled the cloth to unveil the monument.

the tv crew then made me say a minute worth of what all was happening, followed by a live telecast of my interview with city tv 42. and tea and snacks, which were eaten as if people were hungry after the speeches!

i was interviewed by express news (tv), city tv 42, daily times, the news (english newspapers), and jang (urdu newspaper).

in addition i talked to about 20 people who stopped to ask what was going on there.

post event:

rao mubarik, and rana azhar were all apologies for the mix-up cum flap and for not coordinating the activity etc., etc., which is nice of them, actually they were not expecting such a large media turn over, or that it would be a crowd puller! so they realized an opportunity lost, because of their inability to anticipate and counter
the oppositions action.

people wise, there were about 50 from the market, about 20+ media, university people 10, peace activists, civil society members, and over 300 people walking about stopped and saw what was happening. on the whole, it was well worth the time spent and nails bitten, and the final almost cardiac when we were still haggling at 3 pm, with just about two hours to go for the bang!!

thank you all for the prayers, crossed fingers, and good wishes that you sent our way. may allah bless us all, make us happy, safe, and help us in our work – aamen


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