SC disposed off contempt of court petition against Imran Khan
The Supreme Court has disposed of the contempt of court petition filed by the coalition government against former Prime Minister Imran Khan over his violation of the apex court’s orders during PTI’s Long March.
A five-member large bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Umar ata Bandial heard the case.
At the beginning of the hearing, the court read out the previous day’s order in which the court had ordered the political parties to exercise tolerance.
“It is unfortunate that despite assurances in the Supreme Court, the PTI did not act,” SC said.
Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf presented a video statement of Imran Khan’s arrival in D-Chowk in the Supreme Court which was played on the screen in the court.
He told the court that Imran Khan had directed his workers to reach D-Chowk against the order of the Supreme Court.
The Attorney General argued that the PTI workers entered the red zone and D-Chowk. The court itself had fixed the venue of the PTI’s public gathering.
He further stated that PTI had damaged public and private property in D-Chowk. The government applied Article 245.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan said that the administration has the authority to establish its own authority. People have basic human rights and we cannot suspend them. Unnecessary raids should be avoided. No one should be arrested without FIR.
“We hope the PTI understands its responsibilities,” the court said.
Court asked to AG that, How many people were injured? To which Attorney General Ashtar ausaf replied, 31 police officers were injured.
Expressing concern over the injured policemen, the Chief Justice said that the country would be plunged into chaos if such violations of law continued. The administration has the authority to use its resources for peace.
Dealing with the government’s request for legal action against the PTI, Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said, “We will issue guidelines on this matter.”
The large bench of the apex court included Justice Ejaz-ul-Haq, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi.