SC intervenes; resolves to end ongoing political unrest

* Issues notices to federation, all political parties * CJP brushes aside allegation of association with Imran

ISLAMABAD: While issuing summons to the federation of Pakistan, Ministry of Interior and all the parliamentary political parties the Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that it would not leave the present crisis unresolved.
A larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Nasirul Mulk made the observation while hearing identical petitions filed by the different bar councils and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) seeking to restrain any authority or institution from taking any extra-constitutional step. During the hearing of the case CJP Justice Nasirul Mulk flatly rejected allegations of any connection with the leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). 
“Only once being acting chief election commissioner I met with Imran Khan,” he noted while clarifying that he has no direct or indirect connections with the PTI. Supreme Court’s Hamid Khan, who was representing the PTI, asked the apex to take suo motu notice of the prevalent political standoff. Representing PAT, Ali Zafar told the court that this issue is totally political and suggested the top court not interfere in this matter. However, Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that the “court is not concerned with the political matters” but the current situation has turned into a matter of importance, as the fundamental rights of the citizens are being violated.
He said the “court will stand with the rule of law and constitution” in the country. He noted that about 11 petitions were pending with the court in this regard. “There is no one-man show in the top court,” Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked while adding that every judge is free to decide the case on merit and in accordance with the constitution. After hearing the arguments the court issued notices to the parliamentary political parties PPP, PML-N, MQM, ANP, PML-Q, PML-Z, BNP, AML, APML, QWP, NP, PAT, PTI and PkMAP directing them to appear before the court and adjourned the hearing of the case till today (Wednesday). 

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