ABBOTTABAD - PML-N Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has asked the people to fully participate in the upcoming long march in order to express solidarity with the layers' community. Addressing a mammoth public gathering in the college ground here Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif said that despite coercive measures being taken by President Asif Ali Zardari-led PPP government the long march would bring the present dispensation to an end. He came down hard on the imposition Section 144 in Islamabad and Rawalpindi and termed the present system as obsolete and vowed to end it once for all. "Today is a defining moment in Pakistan's history. We can change the destiny of this country. Pakistan stands at a crossroads today and it is your duty to save it," Nawaz told the rally. Earlier, the authorities arrested dozens of political activists and lawyers in a bid to thwart the protest, and outlawed demonstrations in Islamabad, as well as in Punjab and Sindh. "We want to change this outdated system because it poses a danger to our existence and they want to charge me for sedition," Nawaz told thousands of supporters, who cheered and waved party banners. "We shall meet on March 16 and change the destiny of Pakistan," he told the cheering crowd. He asked them to get ready for offering sacrifices for a revolution in the country. "Time has come that people should come out on the streets to change their destiny," he said. Nawaz blamed that President Asif Ali Zardari had again introduced the politics of horse-trading in the country. He lauded the efforts of Zafar Iqbal Jhagra, Sardar Mehtab Khan and Pir Sabir Shah for the restoration of deposed judges and supremacy of constitution. He lambasted President Zardari for reneging on the promises and commitments made for the restoration of independent judiciary in the country within 30 days, Nawaz Sharif regretted that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto must be turning in her grave for her hubby's flagrantly violations of the charter of democracy. Expressing deep concerns over the circumstances, which led to the straining of relationships between the two former coalition partners, the PPP and the PML-N, Nawaz Sharif held President Asif Zardari responsible for the prevalent chaotic situation. He claimed that President Zardari-led PPP government was in a state of shock and it was just a matter of time that rulers would flee the country. The PML-N Quaid said the people were facing a grim situation, because they had not learnt to rise up against the system. He said the PML-N would not go nation's sacrifices unnoticed. He said the society was facing unrest, turmoil and anxiety because of the wrong and inconsistent policies of the previous and incumbent governments. On Tuesday, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif vowed to defy law and asked his supporters to go ahead with the protest despite the ban. "The government can do whatever it can, but we will all reach Islamabad, come what may," Shahbaz told reporters. He reiterated appeals to the police and administration officials to disobey the government order to break up demonstrations. "I urge the administration and police not to obey the illegal orders of the government to block the protests," he said. Earlier, the federal interior ministry adopted foolproof security measures by deploying the entire contingents of police beside the frontier constabulary in and around the public meeting venue to thwart the untoward incident. Meanwhile, rumors were spread around that District Nazim Haripoor Yousaf Ayub Khan had tendered resignation and rejoined PML-N to offset the onslaughts of his opponents within the party ranks like Major Habibullah Tareen who had of late joined PML-N along with MNA Sardar Mushtaq.