SC rejects govt request to stop Imran Khan’s Islamabad long march

SC rejects govt request to stop Imran Khan’s Islamabad long march

Islamabad (Web Desk):The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday government’s appeal to issue an interim order against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to bar him from a planned long march to the federal capital.

A five-judge larger bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, heard the petition today.

During the hearing, the court directed the government to counter the long march towards the federal capital but in accordance with the law.

Advising the Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) to read the reports of the security agencies, the CJP said political wars should be fought but on the streets.

“The reports indicate that PTI had violated the promises [made to the court],” the AGP said, informing the court he was not provided with the copies of the reports to which the bench said the court would give him the reports.

“You want to avoid a war in the streets, so de we,” the CJP said adjourning the court till Wednesday, October 26, 2022 adding, "If something comes up in the meanwhile, we will take needed measures".

On October 13, the federal government had filed a contempt petition against former prime minister Imran Khan over the violation of its May 25 order wherein his party, the PTI, was restricted from holding its 'Azadi March' near Peshawar Mor between the H-9 and G-9 areas of Islamabad.

The development comes after PTI chief Imran Khan directed his party leaders and supporters to wait for his final call for what he dubs as "Haqeeqi Azadi march" against the government.