IHC allows amendment in TI shutdown call petition


Islamabad—Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday granted permission to amend a petition filed against the call of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) to shut down the federal capital, through protests and sit-in. Justice Aamir Farooq heard the case against the PTI’s protest call filed by a citizen through his counsel Hassan Maan Advocate. The petitioner prayed the court to pass restraining orders for respondents PTI and the government from shutting down Islamabad and blocking roads.
The court asked ‘Who was the competent authority to allow holding protests in Islamabad?’ The counsel for the petitioner said that the District Administration Islamabad was competent to allow such protest. The court observed that then why the District Administration was made as respondent in the petition. Hassan Khan Advocate requested the court to grant permission to amend the petition, which was allowed by the court. Meanwhile, Punjab Government Spokesman Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri MPA rejecting the PTI’s Islamabad shutdown call on Tuesday said it would face same fate like previously held so called Ehtisab march and ‘Dharnas’. ‘People as well as business community are with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and reposing full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif,’ he said.
Commenting on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announcement to shutdown Islamabad on November 2, he said, the country was passing through history’s most crucial phase and it was need of the hour that both economy and democracy must be strengthened on top priority.
He said politics of agitation had inflicted a colossal loss to national economy besides hampering economic growth. He said continuity of a politically stable government was mandatory for sound economy. Qadri said owing to prudent policies of the government Pakistan was successfully moving in right direction. He urged all political parties to shun politics of agitation in the larger national interest to strengthen both national economy and democracy.
PML-N Lahore President Pervaiz Malik MNA said that masses strongly condemned the anti-democratic self-styled politics of PTI Chief Imran Khan, who was bent upon derailing the system to achieve his ulterior motives.
‘Imran Khan has utterly failed in mobilising public to participate in Lahore Ehtisab March and Islamabad Dharna. He said that nothing would happen on November 2 as PTI’s shut Islamabad call would be fizzled out.
Business leaders Naeem Mir, Babar Mehmood Butt and Khawaja Salahuddin said entire business community was on one page to strengthen national economy and reposed their full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and in prevailing circumstance, the elected government must complete its five year term for sustained economic growth.—APP