| GEO Pakistan|
| PM Gilani appeals for harmony after political turmoil|
| Updated at: 1807 PST, Saturday, February 28, 2009|
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Saturday appealed to national for calm among the protesters ransacking public property since a Supreme Court banned the opposition leaders Sharif brothers from contesting elections.
Protesters are heeding a call from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who leads the second largest party in Pakistan, to rise up after the Supreme Court Wednesday barred him and his brother from holding public office.
Gilani "has appealed to those taking to the streets to show restraint and calm and use elected forums for expressing their views", a statement issued by his office said.
The premier "has deplored the ongoing violence and loss to public property in various parts of the country," it said.
"The Prime Minister also asked the leadership of PML (N) to dissuade their political activists from giving way to their anger on the streets and creating a law and order situation," the statement said.
Meanwhile police and protesters clashed again on Saturday in Islamabad on the main highway towards the international airport, a police official said, adding that no one was arrested.
In Multan protesters organised hunger strike camps, torched an effigy of Zardari, burnt tyres and blocked several roads, media reported.