ISLAMABAD - Shohada Foundation Pakistan Friday challenged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s planned ‘Azadi March’ in the Supreme Court, praying to declare the demonstration and sit-in without lawful authority being prejudicial to public peace and order and security of Pakistan.
The Foundation has filed the petition under Article 184(3) of Constitution making the Federation through Secretary Ministry of Interior, Secretary Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and Secretary Ministry of Defence and Imran Khan as respondents.
Throwing the government by coercion or revolution in an unlawful manner is unconstitutional. The citizens have the right to assemble under Article 16 of the Constitution, but it is not an unguided and unrestricted right as under Article 18, every citizen shall has the right to assemble peacefully and without arms, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of public order. According to the Imran Khan speeches, it seemed that the PTI protests would not be peaceful as former cricketer, turned politician, is threatening law enforcement agencies, thus it is prejudicial to public order.
The petition said that due to demonstrations roads would be blocked and people will be deprived of their right of movement. The petitioner said that Imran had also given a clear warning to the police of the Punjab province to refrain from any attempt to stop PTI workers to participate in the Azadi March.
The Foundation said that Imran Khan’s demand is against the Constitution as the change of government may be only in accordance with the law laid down in Article 95 of the Constitution.