IHC orders action against Faizabad Interchange protestors

Henrietta Strickland
November 17, 2017

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday ordered the capital administration to take action against the religious groups and clear the Faizabad Interchange at which a sit-in has been ongoing for over a week.

The court issued the order while hearing a petition filed by a citizen against the sit-in in Islamabad on Friday.

A high-level meeting, chaired by Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Captain (Retd) Mushtaq Ahmed, aimed at implementing the IHC orders, has now made a decision to give a final warning to the participants of the Islamabad sit-in.

Friday expressed its resentment over government authorities for not clearing the Faizabad Interchange from Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah protestors, who have been camped up there for last 10 days, Samaa reported.

Religious group protestors blocked Faizabad Interchange.

It said that "Rangers and Frontier Constabulary will also help in the operation along with the police".

The IHC had also summoned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), chief commissioner and deputy commissioner yesterday to appear in person along with a report revealing "what preventive measures were taken to lead the protestors/sit-in to a designated place known as "Parade Ground".

However, Justice Siddiqui observed, that even in times of war, Islam does not permit any harm coming to women, children or the elderly.

The DC informed that Court that there were 1800 to 2000 participants of sit-in while a few of them also possessed weapons and stones, adding that the number of participants might increase after the Jumma Prayers.

Justice Siddiqui lamented that the district administration had been unsuccessful in exercising its authority to end the protest.

The meeting decided that the participants of the sit-in would be given a final warning as well as a written order to end their protest till 10:00 tonight.

"I failed to understand that when this Court has already passed a detailed judgment that any citizen exercising his right of free movement or expression, can not be allowed to take away other citizens' rights and reduce the capital territory into a siege area," he stated in the order.

Captain (retd) Mushtaq Ahmad further told the IHC that the administrated required three to four hours to carry out the operation. If they do not do so, only then will an operation take place.

Fed up with the public response in the twin cities, the cold response by federal government, and the rain which started Tuesday, the protesting clerics took to petitioning the IHC for "execution" of their demands.

Earlier this week, Justice Siddiqui, while hearing a petition submitted by Tehreek Khatm-e-Nabuwwat supporter Allah Wasaya against the same issue, had ordered the repeal of all amendments in sections pertaining to the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath in the Elections Act 2017. This case was filed by a religious party.

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