SC refuses to intervene in PTI, PAT standoff with govt

* Court remarks it has no concern with political matters

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday refrained from any observation about the PTI and PAT sit-in at the Constitution Avenue, and remarked that “court has no concern with the political matters”. 
“It is an administrative issue so the government stands responsible to resolve it,” the apex court observed. The larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Nasirul Mulk on Thursday heard the petitions filed by Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and other bar councils. During the hearing senior advocate Hamid Khan appeared on the behalf of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and pleaded before the court that the PTI had never supported any unconstitutional act. He requested the top court to grant more time to submit a written reply.
Hamid Khan assured the court that the PTI was a peaceful political party and it would remain in the ambit of constitution and ensure the supremacy of law. No one from the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) appeared before the top court. CJP Nasirul Mulk expressed his anger over this and directed re-issuance of summons to the PAT leadership. Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Aslam Butt requested the court to issue an order or at least an observation regarding the sit-ins of PAT in front of parliament which, he said, have led to a siege of the federal capital. However, Justice Nasirul Mulk remarked, “No order would be issued on the current situation.” 
Meanwhile, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said: “Both parties should respect the fundamental rights of the people. The parties claiming their struggle for the access of justice apparently have blocked the ways leading to the apex court.” In his remarks, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said the protesting parties and the government should avoid humiliating each other and restrain from using derogatory words. Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that protest was a constitutional right of the citizens but others had the right to move freely.

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