LAHORE – PML-N is holding today (Saturday) protest rallies throughout the country against the long-hour electricity loadshedding, wherein Punjab, where the party rules, is worst hit on both industrial and domestic side.

In City, the major rally will be taken out from Muslim Masjid, Lohari to Bhati Gate under the leadership of MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif along with parliamentarians of the party, and City office bearers at different tiers. The PML-N traders, lawyers, women and youth wings will also take part in the rally which will start at 3pm and march down to Bhati Gate.

Under the instructions of the PML-N high command, the office bearers of party at the provincial and the district level will organise rallies to record public resentment against the unscheduled and what the party says, 18 hours non availability of electricity for the industry of Punjab and to the people of this province. Provincial leaders of the party in Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta will take out processions and rallies while in Punjab they will be held at district level almost throughout the province.

The PML(N) will kick start from Saturday a campaign against the loadshedding which the party leadership says, will not to come to an end till a complete end to the loadshedding in the country. A schedule to hold protests has already been announced by the PML(N) General Secretary Iqbal Zafar Jhagra. Although no date has been set so far, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in a recent public meeting has announced to hold a long march to Islamabad against what he says, a step motherly treatment by the Federal Government to Punjab government about the distribution of electricity whereof the province where industrial and commercial sector has suffered losses of billions of rupees as closure of their business has led to them to cancel foreign orders in addition to facing problem towards discharging their loan liabilities to the Bank.

The CM says joblessness of lakhs of workers and daily wagers is in addition to that. Shahbaz Sharif, whose criticism on President Asif Ali Zardari, is touching a new height at present, has even offered himself as first to receive shot on his chest if the Federal Government resorted to this act to prevent the long march.

The PML(N) has already made a history of success by way of getting the deposed judges restored to the office through a long march on March 15, 2009.

The PML(N) sources say that no shutter down call has been given in connection with the protest on Saturday (today) and if any trade union is observing shutter down it is through its own decision.