Supreme Court rejects plea to stop PTI’s long march

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday sought a reply from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a contempt of court case while rejecting the plea of the federal government to stop the long march of PTI.

The Additional Attorney General Amir Rehman had requested the court that the PTI’s long march should be stopped. Chief Justice Umer Ata Bandial said that protest has been a fundamental right of every political party.

In the contempt of court case against Imran Khan, Rehman said that Imran Khan’s D-Chowk call was contempt of court. He said that Imran Khan came to the Blue Area after passing through the allotted place and ended the rally. On May 26 the rally ended at 6 am on Jinnah Avenue.

Bandial said that the assurance was given by the lawyers on behalf of Imran Khan.

Rehman said that PTI Chairman’s lawyers Babar Awan and Faisal Chaudhry had given the assurance on behalf of Imran Khan. The court asked for a written reply from Babar Awan and Faisal Chaudhry as well in the contempt case.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan said that Imran Khan’s statements seem to show that he was informed about the court order.

CJP Bandial said that Imran Khan had said that the Supreme Court has asked to remove the obstacles.

CJP asked that the real question is what was told to Imran Khan; further adding that Imran Khan should come and clarify to the court who said what.

The court has ordered that the reports of ISI, IB and police should be provided to Imran Khan seeking a reply from the PTI Chairman upon the issue in light of these reports. The court said that contempt would be decided after reviewing Imran’s reply.

The court ordered PTI Chairman and his lawyers to submit their reply by October 31 and the hearing of the case was also adjourned till then.

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