Protest to remain peaceful: PTI, PAT assure apex court

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), through a written reply, and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT)’s counsel verbally submitted to the Supreme Court on Friday that protest is a constitutional right of the people and assured the top court that it will remain peaceful.
A larger bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasirul Mulk resumed the hearing of some identical petitions filed by different bar associations against any possible extra-constitutional act and sit-inns of the PTI and PAT in front of parliament. PTI’s counsel Hamid Khan submitted in the apex court that “our protest is peaceful” and assured the top court that no worker of the PTI would violate the security measures and would protest within the constitutional parameters. In his written reply, the PTI counsel stated that the articles 4,9,15,16,17,19 and 25 of the constitution permitted the people to stage a peaceful protest and sit-in. PAT’s Advocate Ali Zafar told the court that the party believes in the rule of law and noted that the government was blocking the roads and placing containers to stop the mobility of masses. “PAT is not stopping anybody,” he assured. Justice Saqib Nisar asked the government to remove the containers and demonstrators to vacate the Constitution Avenue. He said the rights of others should not be breached for the sake of one’s own rights.

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