Friday, December 2, 2022

Azadi March: PTI makes five demands to Supreme Court

In response to five suggestions made by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered AGP Ashtar Ausaf to consult with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif about organizing the Azadi march in Islamabad.

Babar Awan, a PTI lawyer, submitted the Supreme Court with five demands during the party’s appeal against Islamabad traffic restrictions, which was heard by a three-judge panel.

A list of the party’s five demands was provided by Babar Awan. He stated that the government should provide space for the PTI in Islamabad near where the JUI-F previously held two sit-ins, remove all containers and blockades, immediately release all activists arrested but not yet charged with a crime, and ensure the safety of chadars and char dewaris, ensure the protection of lawyers, and prevent the conduct of raids on offices.

“We are prepared to go to court for individuals who have been charged with criminal offenses,” he stated.

During the trial, the Islamabad High Court Bar Association revealed that 500 lawyers had been arrested thus far.

“All of them concerned on both sides are loyal Pakistanis, and the court is acting as a mediator,” stated Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan. The judge made the observation that democratic principles had to be implemented for the purpose of settling political concerns.

During the hearing, the Attorney General stated that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will send a delegation to meet with the PTI. As he put it, “the prime minister wants to settle political matters out of court,” he requested the PTI leaders, to return to Parliament to democratically solve the concerns rather than to the streets.

In the early hours of the day, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the government to offer an alternate location for the PTI’s protracted march into Islamabad and urged both parties to meet down and find an amicable solution.

The chief commissioner of Islamabad was asked by the three-member apex court to arrange for an alternate location for the PTI’s long march while hearing a plea against the blocking of roadways in the federal capital. The Supreme Court ordered that the chief commissioner and chief secretary meet with PTI leaders to discuss the issue.

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According to Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, a traffic plan should be established in order to reach the long march’s location. The hearing was extended until 2:30 pm because “the PTI lawyers should also discuss with their leadership for the alternate space,” the judge commented.

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