LHC allows PTI to hold Raiwind march
LAHORE: (APP) A full bench of the Lahore High Court on Thursday allowed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to hold its protest rally at Raiwind road on September 30.
The LHC bench directed the authorities concerned to provide security to participants and take every possible step to maintain peace.
The bench further directed the authorities to remain vigilant to any wrongdoings of mischief mongers and take firm action against them. The bench further directed the authorities to abstain from harassing or arresting peaceful protestors.
The honourable court directed PTI to adhere to its commitment with the local administration regarding holding of a peaceful rally.
The bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Shahid Hameed Dar, Justice Muhammad Anwaarul Haq and Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan announced the verdict, which it had reserved on Wednesday, after hearing arguments of the parties on the petitions filed against the PTI march and possible arrest of their workers ahead of the event.
Earlier,in his arguments, PTI's lawyers Ahmad Owais assured the bench that the rally would be disciplined and cooperation would be extended to the administration for the security.
At this stage, Justice Shahid Hameed Dar remarked that the Apex Court had removed objections on PTI's plea regarding Panama leaks issue.
However, Atif Sattar's counsel, AK Dogar submitted that Imran Khan continued to make hate speeches against the government, generating discord and confrontation among different sections of society. He contended that hostile atmosphere being created by the respondent should be checked.
He further said that the agitation on roads caused serious problems to the masses and many patients lost their lives due to such agitation in past. He submitted that protests should be allowed at confined places only.
Additional Attorney General of Pakistan Naseer Bhutta submitted that previously PTI was allowed to stage a sit-in in Islamabad. However,PTI violated the law and it entered the red zone area, he added.
He mentioned that PTV was attacked before moving forward to the parliament and the Prime Minister's house.
He regretted that the metro bus project got delayed for three months due to PTI sit-in, whereas important visit of the Chinese president was also deferred.
Lahore city district government and the police presented the plans they had prepared to manage the PTI activity and ensure security of the participants.
The bench was told that over 7000 cops had been engaged to ensure security of the protesters.