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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Syed Saleem Shahzad: Gojra

Land grab!--~t

Investigations by Asia Times Online indicate that the attackers in Gojra comprised two main groups - Muslim clerics of different schools of thought, and non-political actors including traders' associations.

The PML-N, the largest political force in the town, appears to have been the binding force, led by local party president Abdul Qadir Awan. Gojra is a small rural town in the Toba Tek Singh area about 20 kilometers from Faisalabad, the largest industrial city in Punjab, which is the largest province in the country.

The entire region is dominated by Sharif's PML-N and no religious or political party has ever been able to make inroads there.

Sharif leads the opposition in the federal parliament. The second-largest political party in the area is the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) - which leads the government in Islamabad. The PPP draws most of its support in Gojra from minority communities


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