The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday put on notice the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government, Peshawar police chief and deputy commissioner on a petition against the practice of blocking roads to make room for rallies and protests in the provincial capital.
A two-judge bench comprising Justice Syed Atiq Shah and Justice Syed Arshad Ali heard the case.
The court directed the government, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) and deputy commissioner to file their replies to the petition moved by a citizen.
The petitioner’s lawyer Ali Gohar Durrani contended before the court that commuters face hardships after roads are blocked due to rallies and protests in the city. The blockage of Khyber road near the provincial assembly throws traffic in the entire city out of gear, he added.
Article 15 of the country’s Constitution stipulates right to free movement, he argued, pleading with the judges to restrain the district administration from allowing political parties to block roads.—INP