ISLAMABAD - Raees Jatoi, 35, was hugging his friend to say goodbye to his 65-day long protest outside the Parliament House and was quite happy to go back to his native town in Gujrat on Wednesday.

Like him dozens of activists of Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) who had been brought by their leader Dr Tahirul Qadri to Islamabad from different parts of the country, were observed packing their luggage exchanging smiles as they would see their family members once again after staging a long anti-government protest away from their homes.

Jatoi, a staunch supporter of Dr Qadri, had left his family members promising them he would return home after unleashing revolution in the country as pledged by his leader. “The only question that I will face when I return home is that whether my protest has brought any change in country,” he told The Nation candidly on Wednesday.

But some diehard activists of PAT, who had come to Islamabad for forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to tender resignation, were quite disappointed to return homes without any result. “I see happiness on the faces of my colleagues for returning homes. But I am really sad that we will be returning homes defeated. If the sit-in at D-Chowk did not force Premier Sharif to resign, how can protests away from Islamabad yield results,” Hussain Naqvi, 33, a follower of Muttahida Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM), an allied party of PAT, said.

As PAT had formally announced to end its sit-in and stage similar demonstration in other parts of the country, some PAT followers said they would not be able to join Dr Qadri in other cities as the agitation would be futile by abandoning the protest outside Parliament House.

Most of the tents that had been pitched along the boundary walls of Parliament Lodges had been dismantled by followers of Dr Qadri on Wednesday where little children were heard crying possibly because of watching their abodes being rooted out.

“We have developed affection with our temporary homes. After all we spent more than two months living inside the tents. Our children have played here. That’s why some children are crying as the tents are being wrapped up,” Zuhra, a PAT follower, told this reporter.

Most of the participants of PAT’s sit-in interviewed by The Nation said they would not be able to make it to Karachi for participating in the sit-in announced by their religious leader Dr Qadri.

“We stayed here for two months braving harsh weather and police. We cannot afford to repeat it in Karachi. We are humans. The government will not pay any heed to our protests,” Younas, an activist, said.

While majority of the protesters were feeling disappointed at wrapping up their promised revolution halfway, some of them were spirited saying they would continue the anti-government protest in other cities.

“We are jobless. We have nothing to do at homes. Qadri sahib will provide us transport, food and shelter wherever he takes us. For us, touring the country is a blessing and we will happily avail the offer,” a group of young supporters said.