Lahore - The Lahore High Court (LHC) full bench on Monday issued notices to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, PML-Q leaders Ch Shujaat Hussain and Ch Pervez Elahi, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed and others for Tuesday (today) on a petition filed against PTI ‘Azadi March’ that would be taken out on August 14.
The bench passed this order on a petition filed by a local citizen Muhammad Kamran through his counsel Advocate Asad Manzoor Butt. The bench headed by Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan, comprising Justice Shahid Hameed Dar and Justice Anwarul Haq was hearing the case.
The petitioner through his counsel submitted that the political parties be restrained from holding long marches and protests. He said that the party, through this way, would lead the country toward unrest and anarchy which would have serious repercussions on the democratic setup. He said that millions of rupees which were being spent on these protests and long marches can be used for the help of IDPs of Waziristan.
During the course of proceedings, the bench asked the counsel as to how the government could be directed to resolve the political turmoil when people were going to battle with the government.
Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan, however, remarked that the government should come forward to hold dialogue with the protesting parties in the larger interest of the country. He further remarked that the prime minister should visit Imran Khan, if needed, for stability of the country as Banigala (a town where Imran Khan resides) is not far from the PM House in Islamabad.
Additional Advocate General Naseer Ahmad Bhutta told the judge that the government wanted to resolve all these issues through dialogue and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had invited the protesting parties but all invitations had gone unanswered. In the past, PM also visited Imran Khan and he could visit him again, he added.
After hearing the both sides, the bench adjourned further proceedings until today with directions to the federal and provincial government to come up with reply that what steps had been taken to end political turmoil. The bench also directed the registrar office for issuance of notices to respondents through print and electronic media.