IHC seeks government reply over Article 245

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued a notice to the government, seeking its response by August 6 on its decision to deploy army troops in Islamabad. IHC Chief Justice Anwar Kasi heard a petition of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association challenging the government’s decision to call in the army in the capital city and ordered the government to submit the notification it had issued in this regard, media reported. The petition stated that Article 245 of the constitution is invoked in case of government’s failure (to maintain order). It said Islamabad is not presently facing any law and order situation nor is there any other condition that could justify army deployment. The federal government has decided to call in the army in Islamabad for next three months, citing security concerns. The decision of the government has come at a time when Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is preparing to stage what it calls “Azadi March” (Independence March) in Islamabad on August 14. The government is also set to go ahead with its plans to hold events for one full month to celebrate the country’s independence and to boost the morale of the armed forces. 

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