Islamabad High Court snubs Imran Khan
ISLAMABAD (APP): Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday allowed Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) to hold November 2, sit-in at designated place and restrained it from locking down the city.
The court also ordered the government to ensure law and order and public safety in the city during the protest.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui heard petitions for restraining PTI from shutting down the city on November 2, and seeking directions for PEMRA not to telecast Imran Khan's speeches, interviews as he was still at large and did not surrender himself before the court even after the issuance of his arrest warrants.
The Capital administration has specified a place namely `Democracy Park & Speech Corner' for protests in Islamabad.
Counsels for PTI Dr. Babar Awan and Naeem Bukhari appeared before the court.
The court asked the PTI counsel Babar Awan to give undertaking that they would restrict themselves with the parade ground but after the break, PTI's counsel refused to do so and raised objection on the bench with request to recues himself from this case.
On the start of the hearing of the case, the court summoned PTI Chief Imran Khan to appear before the bench on Monday but he did not appear, upon which the justice asked "whether Imran Khan is above the law?"
The court observed that the PTI chief must learn to respect the courts.
He asked the PTI lawyers to clarify the statements of Imran Khan and said that the no any party would be allowed to lock-down the city.
The court asked Deputy Commissoner Islamabad regarding measures taken by the administration to specify a space for the sit-in.
The Deputy Commissioner apprised the court that the administration had informed PTI but no response from the party so far.
Later, the court disposed of all the petitions.
Meanwhile, PTI has announced that it will challenge the ruling of Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.