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SC set to hear petition by IHCBA against govt’s decision to bar PTI’s long march

IHCBA calls on apex court to direct govt to unblock roads, highways; not hinder movement of citizens

The Supreme Court is set to hear a petition tomorrow filed by the Islamabad High Court Bar Association’s (IHCBA) against the government’s decision to block roads and conduct raids on houses of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf members ahead of the party’s scheduled “Azadi March”.

A three-member bench, leded by Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, and consisting of Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, will hear the case.

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The IHCBA, in its petition, informed the apex court that the government’s decision to block roads and highways by different state institutions was “hindering” advocates and citizens from arriving at their destinations.

The petition stated that lawyers were also stuck on the highways and roads for extended periods of time which leaving them “unable to approach” the Supreme Court.

The lawyers’ body also referenced media reports that said that lawyers, lawmakers, and political party workers were being arrested and harassed without any lawful justification. It stated that this violated the fundamental rights of citizens and was “illegal, unlawful, and contrary to the provisions of the Constitution”.

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The IHCBA appealed to the Supreme Court to give directions to the government to remove obstructions from the roads and highways. It also requested the apex court to direct the government to stop taking “any unconstitutional and illegal actions or harass the citizens”.

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