Action against TLP protestors challenged in IHC

ISLAMABAD – A writ petition challenging the armed operation against the protestors of banned Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) was filed before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday.

 A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq will Friday (today) take up the petition moved by Shohada Foundation of Pakistan through its Trustee Hafiz Ihtesham Ahmed.

 The petitioner filed the petition through the counsel Tariq Asad advocate and cited federation through Ministry of Interior secretary, prime minister through its principal secretary, Federal Minister of Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, and Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA) through its Chairman as respondents.

 He stated that this petition is moved by the necessity for an interpretation and application of Article 245 in the specific circumstances of operation against TLP, killing over 27 persons brutally, in the light of judgment of this court. He added that the petition is motivated by the conviction that the fundamental rights of the citizens of Pakistan as embodied in Articles 2-A, 4, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 and 22 have been grossly violated by the respondents.

 The petition read, “The brutal armed operation having been done under the instructions of the competent authority/prime minister/respondent No 2, by law enforcing  agencies; entirely unwarranted by law of the land be declared without lawful authority and unconstitutional being in abuse of powers and excess of jurisdiction in violation of Article 245 of the Constitution as held in Liaqat Ali case, supra and law of the land and those who are responsible to manoeuvre the said illegal armed operation clandestinely and arbitrarily be dealt with in accordance with law.” 

It prayed to the court that a judicial commission, comprising retired Supreme Court judges and ulemas/religious scholars of credibility and integrity be constituted to hold inquiry of the tragic incident of armed forces action against TLP followers in order to disclose the whole facts and to place the responsibility of this tragic event.

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