On Wednesday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued an order that directed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers who had been arrested to be released.
A complaint that PTI workers had been harassed by the police in the lead-up to the Azadi Long March was being heard by a panel of the Islamabad High Court presided over by Chief Justice Athar Minallah.
The Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court asked at the beginning of the session why the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is still being persecuted notwithstanding the directives of the court.
The Deputy Commissioner responded by saying that there were security warnings issued by NACTA before the long march and that there were also complaints received regarding weapons being carried by participants in the march.
The court inquired as to the total number of PTI activists who have been detained up to this point. The District Commissioner of Islamabad has stated that around 70 PTI workers have been arrested. The IHC Chief Justice made the remark that although they did not wish to interfere in executive matters, they did wish to ensure that human rights were not violated.
The district commissioner was ordered by the court to release the arrested PTI activists after presenting an affidavit and to inform the court if any worker is being investigated for having substantial evidence against them.
After some time, the hearing for the matter was postponed until the next day.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has begun its Azadi Long March in the direction of Islamabad. Workers from the PTI are breaking down fences and containers in order to make their way closer to the capital.