SC orders to vacate Constitution Avenue

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has issued orders to clear the Constitution Avenue by tomorrow.

A five-member larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa hearing identical petitions against any possible extra-constitutional step in the country.

The Constitution Avenue of Islamabad has been occupied by the protesters belong to Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

The protesters have been sitting in front of the Parliament House and the Supreme Court building since August 19, making the road impassable for the SC, PM and Secretariat employees.

Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) president Shafqat Chohan said that people are facing extreme problems in reaching the Supreme Court premises. He said that law enforcement personnel appear helpless in front of these political workers.

Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk ordered to get the Constitution Avenue vacated adding, “We will arrive to the court through the Constitution Avenue.”

He said that the Supreme Court employees had also complained of being harassed by the protesters.

Another Judge Justice Anwer Zaheer Jamali asked that did stick carrying sit-inners come to play or dance in any marriage ceremony.

PTI counsel Hamid Khan said that the party was carrying out its protest in Parade Ground where there were no government offices.

PAT counsel Ali Zafar said that he will convey the court’s concerns to party chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.

Earlier, a reply from Qadri was submitted to the court which argued that the protest was a political matter and that the court had no authority to interfere in it. He said that his party’s supporters were peaceful and that they would not enter government offices at any cost.

Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali remarked that if protesters were peaceful, why were they carrying batons?

Attorney General Salman Butt said that the government was willing to shift the protesters to a sports complex, which would also allow the removal of several shipping containers placed at different points in the federal capital.

During the hearing, SCBA president Kamran Murtaza remarked that PTI chairman Imran Khan said in his speech that if the prime minister does not resign then things will be decided by the “third umpire”. On which Justice Jawad S Khawaja said that Imran Khan was probably referring to the army as the “third umpire”.

PTI lawyer Hamid Khan replied that Khan was metaphorically referring to God by “third umpire”. The case was subsequently adjourned until August 27.

The Constitution Avenue is considered one of the most important zones in Islamabad as a number of key government buildings situated along the road including the Presidency, the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, the Supreme Court of Pakistan and other government buildings. The diplomatic enclave in Pakistan’s federal capital hosting foreign embassies also lies close to the area.

The federal capital authorities have declared the all important nerve centre of Pakistani state as Red Zone with maximum security. NNI

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