Container or sit-in, unblocking roads responsibility of city administration, says IHC

Court orders law enforcement agency to let PTI’s leader Zahid Akbar walk free

Islamabad High Court (IHC) has said that the unblocking of roads was the responsibility of the city’s administration whether these are closed by containers or by protest sit-ins.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of IHC heard the petition against the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Zahid Akbar and his placement in jail.

Justice Kayani remarked, “Numerous cases are registered by police on behalf of the state, their hearings go on, and governments change; however, action can only be taken when a wrongdoing has been done.”

The court ordered the law enforcement agency to let Zahid Akbar walk free.

Earlier the verdict of the case was reserved by the court and Justice Kayani read that minutes after reserving it.

Police had picked Akbar up from his house in Islamabad a week ago. Akbar was charged with plotting to vandalize the metro bus station.

The court had asked the reason for arresting the PTI leader and keeping him in sub-jail. The prosecutor replied that the SHO of the Industrial Area police station had reported that Akbar was talking about the burn and siege campaign.

Upon inquiry by Justice Kayani that if any such incident had happened, the reply of the prosecutor had said, “No sir, no such incident came to pass in the capital so far.”

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