Nawaz Sharif faces blow from Pak SC on PTI’s ‘lockdown’ threat
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday made an order that the capital administration not to place any constraints during the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)’s scheduled “lockdown” of Islamabad on November 2.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui directed the capital city administration to ensure a smooth running of the daily business in Islamabad on Nov 2. The administration should ensure that hospital, schools and markets remain open on the day and no containers are placed to block roads, the court said.
“We will not let rights of citizens be violated,” Justice Siddiqui remarked. And Imran Khan reacted by saying ” Only judiciary is the third umpire “
Earlier Imran Khan vowed that they should conduct the lockdown protest at any cost and stated that protest is their legal and constitutional right.
“No power or deception can stop us from holding a sit-in in Islamabad, People have decided to hold the corrupt prime minister accountable in Islamabad or he will have to resign,” he said, adding that “the government is using illegal and unconstitutional tactics to refrain us from holding a peaceful protest.”
In between The Pakistani government on Thursday banned all political meetings, rallies and protests in the capital, Islamabad. The ban will remain in force for two months, the Pakistani Ministry of Interior said in a statement.
The rivalry between Imran Khan and PM Nawaz sharif is attaining new levels and Pakistan political ground has turned into a political battlefield with series of charges and counter charges.
Noting that corruption and militancy funding in Pakistan “run side by side”, Imran also called Sharif a “security risk” for the country as the Prime Minister was only interested in saving himself from the accountability in the wake of the Panama Papers leaks . “His only aim is to save himself from the repercussions of the revelations regarding his corruption in Panama leaks,” he said.