ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will today (Monday) resume the hearing of a petition moved by traders union of the federal capital against the two ongoing marches.

In this matter, a single bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah had previously directed Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) and administration and police of the federal capital to ensure that the fundamental rights of people would not be infringed due to Azadi and Inqilab Marches.

The bench had directed Acting Chief Commissioner Islamabad Mujahid Sherdil to meet Chairman PTI Imran Khan and PAT chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri and discuss with them the situation for the protection of fundamental rights of the citizens. The court had also directed the administration to set up a helpline to help the people who are facing problems while moving in the restricted areas.

During the hearing of the petition, Justice Athar had observed that life of citizens had become difficult due to Azadi and Inqilab Marches and the security measures including sealing of the Red Zone.

The bench had also observed that the fundamental rights including right of trade, movement, education, protection of life and property, and travelling abroad have disturbed badly as a result of this situation.

The petitioners’ counsel Ikram Chaudhry Advocate contended before the court that the government should have not permitted to both the parties to hold their sit-ins at Aabpara and Khayaban-i-Suharwardi. He argued that the protestors should have been given an area in outskirts of the federal capital if permission to these parties was essential. Therefore, the counsel prayed to the court to direct the local administration to remove containers and barriers from the main roads enabling the citizens to move freely for their routine business.