Sindh High Court orders blanket security for Bilawal
The orders also contain directions to ensure security at public places for the PPP chairman who had moved the court to the provision of security in 2016 as the federal government has been unable to present policy for political leaders for years.
Later in 2018, the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar had directed all the provincial police chief to withdraw security protocol provided to ‘influential individuals’ not entitled to official protection – a move that had triggered severe criticism from different circles.
During the hearing, the Supreme Court had also advised politicians, particularly the JUI-F chief, to arrange for their own security, declaring that it would not allow election campaign at the expense of the state.
As the SHC heard the matter, Akhtar Hussain – the counsel for Bilawal – argued that his client was facing serious terrorism threats and different outfits could target him any time at any place. Different agencies also issued threat alerts on the subject, he added.
Justice KK Agha remarked that the reports suggested that Bilawal was facing serious threats and more delay could not be tolerated in the given situation.
The abovementioned decision by the Supreme Court is still discussed whenever any issue arises.
After the assassination of religious scholar Maulana Adil in Karachi last month, Sindh Minister Saeed Ghani had stated that security for the slain seminary head had been discussed multiple times but the provincial government was unable to provide the same because its hands were tied by the 2018 Supreme Court order.