IHC again orders govt to clear Faizabad Interchange from protesters

IHC again orders govt to clear Faizabad Interchange from protesters

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday issued notices to Inspector General, Chief Commissioner, and Interior Secretary over non-implementation of judicial order to clear the Faizabad Interchange sit-in.

Appearing before the court, Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal requested the court to grant another 48-hour time to clear the sit-in.

Chief Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui queried the minister as to why judicial order is not being implemented. Ahsan Iqbal replied, “We want to clear the protest in a peaceful manner. We have published an appeal in today’s newspapers as well for the purpose.”

Justice Siddiqui remarked, “As a judge, I am the protector of people’s right. Parade Ground is a place specified for demonstrations and protest demos.” He also wondered as to how the demonstrators reached to so vital a place.

After issuing notices to Islamabad’s IG, Chief Commissioner, and federal interior secretary, the court adjourned the hearing till Thursday.

In an earlier hearing before Ahsan Iqbal appearance, Justice Siddiqui observed, “The real issue is of law and order. Hence, will rights of millions be allowed to be usurped because of 500 people?”

Deputy Attorney General submitted the political leadership itself is tackling the issue.

APP adds: Islamabad High Court on Monday issued contempt of court notice to secretary interior, chief commissioner and Inspector General, Islamabad police, with regard to compliance of its order to call off Dharna (sit-in).

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued the notice while hearing identical petitions in connection with sit-in of religious parties at Faizabad interchange

Federal Minister for interior, Ahsan Iqbal appeared before the court and apprised that being a sensitive matter government showing patience towards the protestors as it did not want any mishandling in this regards.

The Federal Minister expressed hope that government would be successful in dialogues with protestors and that purpose sought 48 hours from the court to comply with its orders.

The court while accepting plea of the Minister adjourned further hearing of the case till November 23, however issued notices to the respondents seeking their reply that why not a contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against them.

It is pertinent to mention here that Islamabad High Court had directed district administration to call-off sit in by November 18 by using all means to insure fundamental rights of the twin cities.

Islamabad High Court also directed administration to take help from FC as well as from Pakistan Rangers if needed to end this 13 days long Dharna.-Web Desk

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