ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to not intervene for a resolution in the current political standoff arising out of the PTI and PAT sit-ins at the Constitution Avenue of the capital. Ali Zafar, counsel for PAT, submitted a written reply in the apex court while pleading that the resolution of political issues did not fall in the court’s jurisdiction, adding that the government was solely responsible for resolving such issues. He said the government should do carry out its responsibilities rather than passing them on to other institutions. The reply suggested that the court should direct the incumbent government to fulfil its responsibility to resolve the political issues.
Repeating its constitutional right of peaceful protest the PAT claimed that the government had failed to deliver justice over the killing of 17 of its workers during a police crackdown in Model Town, Lahore. The PAT written reply said that even the imperial and colonial powers never attempted to set upon this right of the masses and never approached a court to suspend this constitutional right of the people. The PAT suggested that parliament should play its role for the solution of the political standoff and “avoid favouring the government”.
Earlier, during proceedings on identical petitions filed in the apex court praying to restrain any authority or institution from taking any extra-constitutional step, the court sought suggestions and proposals from all parliamentary parties to resolve the ongoing political standoff. The apex court would take up the case today (Friday). The Supreme Court had on Wednesday sought suggestions and proposals from all the parliamentary political parties to resolve the prevalent political standoff.
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