Rawalpindi - Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi bench, yesterday summoned commissioner, district coordination officer (DCO), regional police officer and city police officer Rawalpindi today (Tuesday) to explain why they had blocked roads in the district by placing containers.

LHC Rawalpindi Bench Justice Atir Mahmood directed the top guns of city district government and police officials to explain why they had blocked roads by placing containers while hearing two identical petitions against road blocks and lockdown of Rawalpindi on October 28.

In the first petition, Sheikh Athar Jamil, a resident of Khyaban-e-Sir Syed, had maintained that the blockade of Benazir Bhutto Road on October 28 created a lot of troubles for the citizens.

He noted that the blockade of Benazir Bhutto Road at Committee Chowk created problems for common citizens as hundreds of thousands of people travel on the road that leads to Islamabad.

He said that the administration’s steps affected business community in the area and also created problems for patients visiting hospitals on the day.

He had prayed to the court to stop police from placing barricades on city roads as a political party had planned protests for November 2.

In another petition, Advocate Umair Tanveer Butt, a PTI activist, had asked the court to stop the police from blocking roads and arresting and harassing PTI workers.

He argued it was against fundamental rights of the citizens to stop them from moving from one city to another. He said that the administration had started blocking main roads in Rawalpindi division in a bid to stop PTI workers from coming to Islamabad.

The petitioner further said that PTI had right to hold peaceful political struggle for betterment of the society.

He said that his party had planned a peaceful protest on November 2 but the government had bent upon using illegal means to stop the party from holding protest demonstration.