Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday summoned deputy commissioner (DC) Islamabad to appear before the court on May 4 in a writ petition challenging the federal government’s recently announced decision of directing the traders to close down markets and shops at 8:00pm in the federal capital.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui conducted the hearing of the petition of Al-Safa golden company (Pvt) limited. The company had filed this petition in the court through its counsel Ateeq-ur-Rehman Siddiqui Advocate.

In the petition, the petitioner nominated federation of Pakistan through ministry of water and power, chief commissioner Islamabad, deputy commissioner Islamabad and inspector general police Islamabad as respondents.

The counsel for petitioner contended that the Islamabad administration has been illegally harassing traders asking them to close down shopping malls and markets by 8 pm when there is no notification issued in this regard.

He argued that asking traders to close down businesses by 8 pm is discriminatory as the law is not in place in other three provinces of the country and it is being announced to be promulgated in Islamabad and Punjab.

Therefore, he prayed to the court to bar Islamabad administration from harassing the traders.

After hearing the initial arguments, the IHC bench directed the DC Islamabad to appear before the court on May 4 and deferred the hearing for further proceedings.