SC moved against PTI’s ‘potentially disruptive’ march – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: With the PTI preparing to march on the national capital, the federal government on Thursday approached the Supreme Court seeking a restraining order against former Prime Minister Imran Khan from creating a perceived law-and-order situation in the name of the “jihad” against the state through a long planned march, specifically at a time when the people affected by the floods require urgent help.

Separately, the Ministry of Interior also instituted contempt of court charges against PTI President Imran Khan for allegedly disobeying the May 25 Supreme Court order. Whenever the case is taken up by the superior court, it is likely to be represented by the attorney general’s office.

In the May order, the petition recalled, the higher court had ordered the PTI to hold a meeting on a property located between sectors H-9 and G-9 in view of the categorical guarantees from the highest leadership of the party and his lawyer that his demonstration would not cause any inconvenience or blockage of the Srinagar highway or annoy the public and that the demonstration would take place in a peaceful and legal manner.

Despite these assurances, the PTI top leadership, acting in blatant disregard of the instructions, exhorted their supporters to come to D-Chowk, falsely stating that the court had allowed the march without any conditions.

The contempt petition advocated the implementation of the higher court order for the protection of the fundamental rights of the public, in particular the residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The Supreme Court must also issue comprehensive guidelines for all future protests that take place in the federal capital, which must include the prior indication of the date, the selection of the place, the guarantee of not causing any impediment to public life and the commitment of guarantee that the demonstrators would not cause any damage to public or private property.

The request for a restraining order alleged that the tone and tenor adopted by the president of the PTI in his speeches against the rulers of the day and state institutions was “highly incendiary”, aimed at fomenting mistrust and contempt and instigating revolt.

This had caused significant alarm not only among the public, but also among the international community and investors regarding the impact of this alleged ‘jihad,’ the petition claimed, adding the past conduct of the party leader, especially the events of the 25th of May and her rape. of court orders, his alleged encouragement of the destruction of public and private property and the disruption of law and order, deserved strong instructions from the high court about his upcoming protests.

He further highlighted that the country was currently dealing with an unprecedented natural disaster that had caused massive loss of life, crops and infrastructure, putting extreme pressure on an already vulnerable economy.

If the PTI march were allowed to go unchecked and unregulated, it would not only create a tenuous political and law-and-order situation throughout the country, but would also divert the attention of the federal government from required rehabilitation efforts in the areas affected by flooding to mitigate the impact on the lives of residents of the Twin Cities.

The petition argued for the court to examine the current conduct and plans of the PTI president, adding that in the last few weeks or so and through his speeches and media interviews, Imran Khan had been grooming the workers and supporters of his party for a long march. towards Islamabad.

By describing the march and protest as a “jihad,” Khan was instigating and inciting the public to revolt against the government.

“This call to jihad is nothing more than waging war against the state by a party and its leader who cannot accept that they were thrown out of government by constitutional means,” the petition feared.

Posted in Alba, October 14, 2022

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