PDM to protest outside SC for ‘facilitating’ Imran


If someone tries to stop us, we will reply back with clubs and slaps, warns Fazl

Ijaz Kakakhel

The ruling Pakistan Democratic Movement on Friday announced staging a “peaceful” sit-in outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad on May 15 (Monday) against Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial for “facilitating” and giving “VIP protocol” to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan.

The decision was reached in a meeting convened by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the head of Pakistan Democratic Movement, to discuss the situation following the release of Imran Khan. During a hard-hitting press conference, Fazlur Rahman alleged that the country’s Constitution, law and everything have been put at risk for the sake of the PTI chairman.

He made the remarks a day after a top court’s three-member bench headed by CJP Bandial declared Khan’s arrest on the premises of the Islamabad High Court in the Al-Qadir Trust case as “invalid and unlawful”. During the course of proceedings, the CJP welcomed the former prime minister saying “Good to see you”.

The ruling alliance of 13 political parties, however, largely criticized the CJP for welcoming Khan into the courtroom. The meeting was attended by several political leaders including former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal, QWP chief Aftab Sherpao and BNP Mengal chief Akhtar Mengal, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Hyderi of JUI-F, Akram Durrani. PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif also participated in the meeting through video link.