SC takes notice of Faizabad sit

Pauline Gross
November 22, 2017

Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday took notice of the sit-in by religious parties, which has virtually left the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad paralysed for over two weeks.

Justice Isa during the hearing said Article 15 of the Constitution allows freedom of movement to the public.

The court has sought report on Thursday as to what measures have been taken to safeguard rights of citizens.

The court has issued notices to Secretaries Interior and Defence as well as IG Police of Islamabad and Punjab.

Daily life in the capital has been disrupted for almost two weeks by protesters belonging to religious parties - Tehreek-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwwat, Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY) and the Sunni Tehreek (ST) - who are calling for the sacking of Law Minister Zahid Hamid and strict action against those behind the amendment to the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath in the Elections Act, 2017.

The high court has given a deadline of November 23 to the government to end the sit-in.

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Though the said clause has been restored in the original form, even then the protesters, mainly leaders of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan are demanding to name the individual who was behind the amendment.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal directed Islamabad administration to defer operation against the protesters by 24 hours.

He said since the court orders were with reference to the applicability and enforcement of law, therefore all endeavors had been made to implement the same, but since the issue was very sensitive and there was a genuine apprehension that the protesters might resist their eviction using arms, therefore, efforts had been made time and again to talk out the issue, but unfortunately no effort proved fruitful.

The Islamabad High Court had given the government until 10am, November 18 to remove the protesters blocking the Faizabad Interchange "with force if need be" but the government did not do so and instead opted for negotiations to find a peaceful way out.

Following the meeting, Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Yousuf, while reading out a joint communique of the meeting, announced that the committee headed by Shah and comprising scholars of different schools of thought would come up with a solution to the problem.

Other reports by GizPress

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