The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), led by former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, filed a petition in the High Court of Sindh (SHC) on Wednesday in connection with its January 8 rally. The APML is asking the court to direct the home department and other authorities to give the party permission for holding the event at the Shahrae Quaideen area.
APML secretary general Haris Nawaz filed the petition and named the Sindh home secretary and Karachi commissioner as respondents.
Nawaz said that the party applied for permission on December 22 and has not received a response. He also referred to the fact that it would be discrimination to not allow APML to hold its event, given that other political parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the Jamaat-e-Islami, were allowed to hold rallies in Karachi recently. He asked the court to direct the authorities to allow the party to hold its event at the designated place identified in its formal application.
The respondents were issued notices for January 6.
The former president has been declared an absconder in the murder case of the former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto. A trial court in Rawalpindi has issued a ‘perpetual warrant of arrest’ against him in the case.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 5th, 2012.