SC seeks suggestions from politicians to resolve deadlock

Sheikh Rasheed says protesters to vacate area soon

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed leaders of political parties to submit their suggestions to end the ongoing political stalemate during the hearing of a plea against sit-ins and extra-constitutional steps in Islamabad by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).

Earlier on September 2, the apex court had issued notices to all parliamentary parties as requested by Zulfiqar Naqvi who had petitioned that all parties be summoned so that the deadlock can be resolved. The case was heard by a five judge bench headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk.

During the hearing, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan contended that the protesters had occupied the parliament's parking area and requested that the court issue an order for its clearance. Awami Muslim League president Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, who was representing the protesting parties, assured the court that they would come up with solutions to vacate the area of the parliament and the secretariat.

Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali also directed Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt to submit a list of the cases of financial losses during the ongoing protests. In its order, the court said that Sheikh Rasheed should talk to the leadership of the protesting parties to persuade them to clear the parliament premises and also directed parties to submit their suggestions before the court by Thursday to resolve the deadlock.

The hearing of the case was subsequently adjourned to September 5.

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