KARACHI : A voter from NA-247 on Friday moved a petition in the Sindh High Court to disqualify rights activist Jibran Nasir from contesting coming elections for allegedly raising slogans against security agencies of the country.
In a tweet, Nasir stated that he has been served notice to appear before the court on July 16. “Forces intimidated by our struggle are filing frivolous cases,” he added.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Nasir provided details that the notice was served to him via TCS around the time of Friday prayers. He added that he will appear in court but termed the notice an attempt to distract and discourage his poll campaign.
“If the court gives weightage to such cases, I am not going to apologise to the state and security agencies for it,” Nasir said, adding that the case is about freedom of expression, indicating towards loopholes in the country’s judicial system.
“What kind of a precedent would it set for other parliamentarians if I’m disqualified under this petition?” he questioned.
Nasir stated that this move causes malice to his candidature and vowed to not shy away from repeating everything in the court that he has been saying in the media. “When I talk to the media I do it with presence of mind”.
The National Assembly candidate maintained that he expected better from judges and suggested that they should remind security agencies of their role.
The rights activist, however, stayed short of commenting on the petitioner’s intentions and motives. “I can’t say if there’s an agenda behind this petition,” he remarked.