Followers of the Mihaj-ul Quran movement initiated by Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri sit on top of buses on the way from Lahore to Islamabad. (REUTERS)
Around 50,000 supporters of cleric Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri entered Islamabad peacefully on Monday and camped out on the main avenue of the city. Despite the security measures implemented by the Pakistani government, the protesters delivered heated speeches in favour of Qadri and expressed their hopes for change.
The protesters demanded an end to corruption and the elimination of frequent energy shortages. Some also voiced their desire for election reform.
Although the numbers of the protesters were far less than Qadri's expectations, the protesters were enthusiastic and shared their experiences on social media.