Islamabad sit-in: SC takes suo moto notice

Islamabad sit-in: SC takes suo moto notice

Islamabad (Staff Report): The supreme court of Pakistan on Tuesday took a suo moto notice of the sit-in staged by religious groups in Islamabad from last 17 days.

The apex court sought a detailed report about the sit-in from Secretary Defence and Secretary Interior.

The Supreme Court’s notice comes days after the Islamabad High Court directed the protesters to call off the dharna staged as a protest against the amendment in Khatam e Nabuuwat clause in the recently passed Election Bill 2017.

Earlier, addressing a press conference,  along with Religious Minister Sardar Yousaf, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that another committee has been formed to resolve the issue . 

Citizens in the twin cities continue to face hardship due to the protest sit-in at Faizabad Interchange, linking the main Islamabad- Rawalpindi route, by religious parties.

Ahsan Iqbal has called an emergency meeting of religious scholars belonging to all schools of thought over the ongoing protest.

Iqbal, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Raja Zafarul Haq and State Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnaat have previously met a number of protest leaders in view of reaching a breakthrough to end the sit-in.