SC issues notices to Imran Khan, Qadri over ongoing protests

Court takes notice of mass inconvenience the protests have caused since they began last week


Hasnaat Malik August 20, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The country’s top court has decided to intervene in the ongoing political unrest by issuing notices to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri over a 'violation of fundamental rights of citizens' due to their ongoing protests in Islamabad.

A five-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, issued notices to all respondents, and scheduled a hearing for Thursday.

The bench is currently reviewing the Supreme Court Bar Association’s (SCBA) plea to stop all state functionaries from taking any unconstitutional step that might further imperil the political situation.

The court took notice of the mass inconvenience the protests have caused as well. During the hearing, the chief justice mentioned the commuting problems people are facing. Cases were adjourned because the court’s staff could not arrive on time, or could not arrive at all. Even the judges, he said, faced difficulties as they had to drive the wrong way to arrive in the court.

“Does anyone come to the Supreme Court through this mob? I have no concern about their political demands. My concern is that whether my fundamental rights have been hindered due to this prevailing situation,” Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.

COMMENTS (51)

Dr.A.K.Tewari | 6 years ago | Reply

The above comments clearly establish the fact that judiciary has no respect among the people . For this situation judiciary is itself responsible and hence ca'nt play a dicisive role at this critical juncture .

Pakistani | 6 years ago | Reply

@Imran Qadri: First of all if the matter was this simple, why did the CM Punjab formed a committee to look into the matter?. If he was that confident, he would have just taken his word for it. http://tribune.com.pk/story/748902/pml-n-forms-three-member-committee-to-probe-rana-mashoods-video-scandal/ Secondly, going by the moral standards of these PMLN politicians, Rana Mashood is not going to admit and will naturally claim the video to be fake. Thirdly, if he is so confident he should take the channel to court.

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