ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Thursday stopped Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf from locking-down the capital Islamabad and also ordered the authorities not to block roads.
Imran Khan, the chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has announced to seal Islamabad on 2nd November as part of his anti-gov’t campaign. The opposition leader had also declared not to end the siege until the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, resigns. The Islamabad High Court ruled that the PTI leader cannot lockdown the capital city and ordered the Islamabad administration to allocate a venue for the protest rally. Justice Shaukat Siddiqi also summoned Imran Khan to appear before the court on October 31 to explain motives behind his protest drive.
The court observed that protest is the right of everyone under the constitution but is seems the objectives of the Nov. 2 protest have raised some doubts. The Islamabad High Court ordered the local administration not to block roads through containers and that all educational institutions will remain open on Nov. 2.
PTI, the second largest opposition party in the national parliament, has not yet commented on the court’s verdict. The pary rules the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Imran Khan claims that the Prime Minister is ‘unwilling’ to present himself for the accountability after the Panama Papers mentioned some members of the ruling party of having off shore companies.
The gov’t blames Imran Khan for not agreeing to the investigation through the highest judiciary. The Supreme Court has already accepted petitions to probe the Panama Papers and issued notices to the Prime Minister and Imran Khan in the case. NNI