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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

IHC seeks assurance from PTI on maintaining peace during jalsa

The Islamabad High Court ordered the PTI leadership to maintain peace throughout their long-march sit-in in Islamabad.

During the hearing of a PTI appeal against the denial of a no-objection certificate for the party’s sit-in in the federal capital, Justice Aamer Farooq said that regardless of the place in Islamabad that the PTI leadership is given by the government to host their sit-ins and jalsa, the PTI must sure that there is peace throughout their rally.

On October 31, PTI leader Ali Nawaz Awan filed a petition to request authorization for the party to have its jalsa and sit-in, as well as to protect marchers, when the long march reaches Islamabad.

The IHC sent notifications to the federal capital’s administration on Wednesday for failing to grant PTI a no-objection certificate for its sit-in and instructed them to appear before it today.

The court voiced its displeasure during the hearing that the pertinent Islamabad administration official had not shown up after being called.

“Is this a civil court? It is a high court,” Justice Farooq said showing ire and summoned the officials of the district administration to court immediately.

Later, deputy commissioner and Islamabad advocate general Barrister Jahangir Jadoon appeared before the court.

Jahangir was reading Imran Khan’s Supreme Court submission in response to the PTI’s long march on May 25, 2022.

Jadoon stated that during PTI’s previous long march, there were losses and injuries to police officers.

The advocate general informed the court that the PTI is asking for permission to hold the protest in the same location that they requested for the prior march.

“They [PTI] have always violated the terms and conditions that’s why we don’t trust them. The PTI leadership refused to admit the assurance by two senior lawyers,” Jadoon said, informing the court that PTI can hold the rally at T-chowk if they want.

Ali Awan filed this plea, hence he is accountable, said PTI attorney Babar Awan.

“The matter is already in the SC, we shouldn’t argue on it,” he said.

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Justice Farooq questioned Awan about whether he believed that the same circumstances as the last incident will recur at the site that the government had designated for the PTI gathering.

He gave the PTI instructions to ensure that no highways would be blocked and that peace and security would be maintained regardless of the site chosen.

“Holding a protest is your right but the citizens rights should also be taken care of,” Justice Aamer Farooq remarked.

The court later reserved the verdict after hearing the arguments from the parties in the case.