IHC disposes of petitions against JUI-F ‘Azadi March’


Staff Reporter

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday disposed of petitions against Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) upcoming ‘Azadi March’ and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) participation in the planned anti-government protests.
A single-bench presided over by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah observed that the religious party had earlier submitted an application to the Islamabad Capital Territory Authority (ICTA) for permission to hold the protest at D-Chowk in Islamabad and directed the local administration to decide on the issue in accordance with the law and the Constitution.
The IHC further noted that it was the state’s responsibility to ensure basic rights of both – the protesters and the common citizens.
Justice Minallah recalled that the high court had also allowed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to stage a sit-in in 2014 with the same directives to the local administration to protect the rights of citizens.