Talks with Taliban: LHC seeks more arguments


LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Friday sought more arguments on the maintainability of a petition seeking direction to the federal government to hold dialogue with the Taliban after allowing them to open their office in Pakistan.
The chief justice remarked that holding dialogue or otherwise was the policy matter and the court could not issue any direction to the government in this regard. The chief justice directed the petitioner counsel to convince that under what law the court can intervene in the policy matters.
He turned down the petitioner request to take suo motu to protect the fundamental rights of the citizens at the hands of the terrorism and drone attacks. The chief justice held that according to a judgement of the Supreme Court, the high courts had no jurisdiction to take suo motu. The chief justice deferred further hearing of the petition until May 9.

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