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PTI not to support extra-constitutional measures: Khan

ISLAMABAD: PTI chief Imran Khan Friday assured the Supreme Court of Pakistan that his party would not support any extra-constitutional steps against the democracy, Samaa reports. A five-member bench of the apex court is hearing a petition regarding possible unconstitutional steps in the wake of current political situation. Khan, through his counsel Hamid Khan, submitted...

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 22, 2014 | Last Updated: 7 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Aug 22, 2014 | Last Updated: 7 years ago

ISLAMABAD: PTI chief Imran Khan Friday assured the Supreme Court of Pakistan that his party would not support any extra-constitutional steps against the democracy, Samaa reports.

A five-member bench of the apex court is hearing a petition regarding possible unconstitutional steps in the wake of current political situation.

Khan, through his counsel Hamid Khan, submitted a written reply to the court saying that the sit-in by his party in front of the Parliament House is lawful and according to articles 4, 9, 15, 16 and 17 of the constitution of Pakistan.

PTI chief has assured the court that his party workers will remain peaceful as they believe in the supremacy of the law.

Khan has also pleaded to the court to issue orders for removal of containers placed by the government to block entry and exit points at the capital Islamabad.

It may be mentioned that Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Dr. Tahir-ul, and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan, who have been leading protestors in Islamabad since August 14, were served notices by the apex court on Wednesday to appear before the court and explain their anti-government protests.

Qadri’s reply

In response to notice served on Dr Qadri, he also submitted a written reply to the country saying his protest is not for derailing the democracy rather it is for strengthening democracy.

He claimed that millions of people are raising voice for their rights, adding their protest is in accordance with article 16 of the constitution and in line with international practices.

Qadri urged the court not to interfere in a political issue as it may be harmful for the judiciary.

A five-member larger bench comprising Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and Justice Mushir Alam is hearing the case.

The court is hearing the matter on a plea filed by Kamran Murtaza, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, who stated that extra constitutional steps are likely to be taken by state functionaries that can possibly violate citizen’s rights. – Samaa

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