SC to take up contempt plea against Imran Khan today

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Arshad Sharif suo motu

Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan is all set to take up a contempt plea filed by the incumbent government against former Prime Minister Imran Khan today (Thursday) over Khan’s violation of the May 25 order of the apex court.

The SC had restricted Imran Khan-led PTI to near Peshawar Mor between the H-9 and G-9 areas of Islamabad for holding its Azadi March. However, contrary to the orders, Imran and his supporters did make their way to D-Chowk. The government, in response, summoned the army for the security of the capital’s Red Zone.

Headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, a five-member bench of the apex court will take up the plea today. Other members of the bench are; Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi.

In its plea, the government has also requested a restraining order from the top court against the upcoming march of the Imran-led PTI.

The court has been requested by the government to implement its order for the protection of the fundamental rights of the public, particularly residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

It also requested the Supreme Court to issue strict provisions for all future protests held in the federal capital, including advance notice of the date, venue selection, assurances that they won’t interfere with public life, and a promise to make sure that the protesters won’t damage any public or private property.

The hearing is expected to being at 1 pm.

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