IHC asks PTI to submit new plea for holding rally in Islamabad
Court says PTI will have to ensure no roads will be blocked if it is permitted to hold rally
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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday asked the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to submit a new application to the administration if it wanted to hold a rally in the federal capital, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
“If you are permitted to hold a rally in the federal capital, you will have to ensure that no roads will be blocked,” the court stated.
A report on threat to Imran Khan’s life was also presented before the court.
“According to intelligence reports, there is a threat of attack on Imran Khan. It is the responsibility of the government and the state to take this into consideration,” IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq remarked.
“It is the right of political and non-political parties to protest. But the citizens and traders also have rights which should not be affected,” he stressed.
“In England too, protesters come to 10 Downing Street. But they protest and do not block the road,” he pointed out.
“The high court cannot perform the responsibilities of a deputy commissioner. If you are affected by any order of the deputy commissioner, you will come to court,” he stated.
“The Supreme Court said that the long march cannot be stopped,” the advocate general Islamabad said.
“You did not show a responsible behaviour. You blocked GT Road, motorway and other highways. You too should show a responsible behaviour,” the IHC chief justice said to the PTI lawyer.
The court then adjourned further hearing on the petitions of the PTI and the businessmen till November 22 next.