Islamabad - Taking both sweet and harsh memories along, the participants of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) sit-in have moved to their homes but they have left behind a lot of labour for the sanitary workers to do.

The Constitution Avenue, which remained a hub for anti-government political activities for weeks, was giving a look of a garbage dumping site on Wednesday.

Soon after the ‘inquilabis’ left the scene, the Capital Development Authority sanitation department came into action.

“It will take more than one month to restore beauty of the avenue,” a Capital Development Authority official said as he pointed finger to the litter spread all over the area.

In the presence of thousands of people camping around, the Capital Development Authority sanitation department was unable to do its job, leaving the participants to have a smell of the stink. The participants had also left behind a huge waste at Aabpara before moving to the Constitution Avenue.

The participants of the sit-in belonged to different cities but with the passage of time they developed an association with one another. After reaching homes, they will be sharing ‘sweet’ memories with their near and dear ones. Despite the government’s unkindness, the hurdles it placed in their way and the weather hardships during the sit-in, the protesters emerged as quite unwavering.

Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri on Tuesday announced that he was ending sit-in at the D-Chowk. “The participants should roll and pack, return to their homes,” he said.

Emotions ran high, the participants burst into tears as they hugged one after the other. It was time to leave and end the 67-day-old association with a hope that they would soon meet again in the protest rallies. Qadri claimed that their sit-in had managed to spread their message among the public. As part of his changed strategy, Qadri will be addressing protest rallies in different cities in the coming days.

However, the container of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan parked at Parade Ground is still exasperating the rulers. 

“I will not leave this container unless Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf resigns and an independent inquiry is conducted into 2013 general elections rigging,” Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said while addressing the sit-in at D-Chowk on the same night.