ISLAMABAD – Hearing a set of petitions against sit-ins by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on the Constitution Avenue, the Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to all parliamentary parties as well as the PAT.
The notices were issued after petitioner Zulfiqar Naqvi pleaded to the court that all parliamentary parties be summoned so the deadlock could be resolved. Notices have been issued to the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q), Pakistan Muslim League-Z (PML-Z), Balochistan National Party (BNP), Awami Muslim League (AML), All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMap), National Party (NP) and other parties in Parliament as well as PAT.
Today's proceedings also saw Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk saying that while it was not his place to issue clarifications over allegations of bias, he had met with PTI Chairman Imran Khan only once and that too along with the latter's counsel Hamid Khan and at a time when he was the acting chief election commissioner.
Justice Mulk said that Imran and Hamid had come to his office to discuss the idea of introducing biometric system of voting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “That was the only time we met,” he said. Javed Hashmi claimed that Imran had said that the current chief justice had a favourable view of the PTI and had agreed to ensure that power was taken from Nawaz Sharif.
Also during today's hearing, the PAT's counsel Ali Zafar refused to submit proposals over what role the court should play in ending the current political impasse. Zafar said his client's demands were of a political nature and it was not the court's place to interfere in political matters. The response came a day after the apex court called on the two protesting parties – the PTI and the PAT - as to what proposals they had in their minds about the role the court should play in ending the political deadlock.
Subsequently, the court adjourned the case until tomorrow (Wednesday)