ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Friday disposed of petitions against sit-in of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek at Constitution Avenue two years ago.

The Supreme Court Bar Association and provincial district bar associations two years ago had filed the petitions in the apex court against PTI and PAT dharna.

Kamran Murtaza, former president of SCBA and the mover of petition of apex body of the lawyers on Friday appearing before a five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said the petitions were filed to save the democratic system. He further said as the parties which had staged dharna at the Constitution Avenue accepted the present political dispensation therefore their applications have become infractuous. Upon that the bench disposed of the petitions.

A five-member bench headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk apprehending extra-constitutional measures from some authorities in view of the PTI and PAT marches on August 15, 2014 had directed all the state authorities and functionaries to act in accordance with the Constitution and law enunciated in SHCBA judgment and refrain from acting in unconstitutional manner. The ex-president SCBA said that order still holds the field as no one had challenged it.

He said though PTI and PAT came to Islamabad against the rigging in general elections 2013, they wanted to create such situation that may prompt or embolden some authorities or functionaries to take undue advantage of the situation and to resort to some unconstitutional measures.

Kamran Murtaza talking to The Nation expressed great disappointment over the federal government’s decision to allow General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf to go abroad. He said the PPP government sent the ex-army chief with guard of honour and the incumbent government also bowed before those forces controlling the country.

He said that law should be equal for both the ordinary citizens and the influential.