Alarm in Pakistan over the May 18 nuclear test by India prompted a big anti-nuclear demonstration in Islamabad on Thursday (25 July).
Alarm in Pakistan over the May 18 nuclear test by India prompted a big anti-nuclear demonstration in Islamabad on Thursday (25 July). Hundreds of protestors defied a government ban on the assembly of more than five people to condemn this new nuclear "menace".
The demonstration was organised by a new movement called the Front Against the Indian Nuclear Threat -- FAINT for short. It's been formed by Pakistan barrister Muhammad Aslam Jan with one prime object: to awaken world opinion to take action against India's development of "weapons of human destruction".
FAINT demonstrators launched their appeal at several Islamabad Embassies -- those of the Soviet Union, the United States, Britain, Canada, Japan and Switzerland (which looks after the interests of India in Pakistan).
As a symbolic gesture, the protest march between the embassies was led by a four-year-old boy, standing for the future generations of Pakistan felt to be under threat from nuclear devices.