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JUI-F moves SC against PTI's long march

JUI-F's Senator Kamran Murtaza files a constitutional petition in the top court seeking its order for PTI to abide by the law

By Maryam Nawaz
November 01, 2022
Supreme Court of Pakistan. — AFP
Supreme Court of Pakistan. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), one of the component parties of the ruling coalition, Tuesday moved the Supreme Court (SC) against the PTI’s long march on Islamabad.

As per the details, JUI-F's Senator Kamran Murtaza filed a constitutional petition in the top court seeking its order for PTI to abide by the law beside the directions issued by the apex court from time to time and guidelines issued by the government in respect of holdings of rallies.

The JUI-F has asked the SC to direct relevant governments to issue guidelines for conducting political rallies and order the Khan-led party not to exceed the designated number of days approved for its jalsa and sit-in.

“The federal and provincial governments be directed to devise comprehensive guidelines for holding of public rally/Jalsa/Dharna including prohibition to hold such rally within the populated areas of ICT, it is exceeding a certain number then ensure that such rally/dharna may not for indefinite period of time,” read the petition.

The senator has included the federal and provincial governments, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, and his party in the petition as respondents, asking the top court to ensure the safety of citizens as its long march approaches the capital due to security concerns.

JUI-F's petition has been filed a day after the PTI wrote to the Islamabad High Court seeking permission to hold its jalsa and sit-in in the federal capital and also sought security provisions for marchers.

Senator Kamran, in his petition, wrote that the PTI's intentions are to create chaos and panic in the country — particularly in the federal capital— through its long march through "force" and "illegal arms".

The senator also indicated towards an alleged audio leak of PTI leader Ali Aim Gandapur who was heard talking to a man named Asad Khan about bringing arms and ammunition to the capital, and causing trouble in the process.

The petition also carried an attachment of the audio call's transcript.

It further mentioned that the governments of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan are all led by PTI, and given the past conduct of the party chaos and trouble is expected to ensue.

The senator shared fears that this situation could also be misused by miscreants, terrorist groups, and militants. He also mentioned that the PTI has stirred chaos during its rallies in Islamabad in the past.

The petition added that despite assurances and undertakings by the party's leadership of limiting the rally to a designated place, they moved toward D-Chowk causing havoc across the capital.

The senator also mentioned that the PTI chief has previously also violated the law during his party's 2014 sit-in that troubled citizenry across Islamabad, particularly the red zone.