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SHC moved to order ban on public gatherings


KARACHI: A petition seeking to ban the political gatherings on the 14th August was filed in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday. The petitioner, advocate Sohail Hameed, filed the constitutional petition in SHC, pleading the court to order federal authorities to impose ban on the political gatherings on the Independence Day. Citing Secretary Interior Ministry and Secretary Cabinet Division as respondents, Hameed submitted in the petition that politicians are required to preserve the sanity of the Independence Day, when whole stand united to celebrate the 14th August with national sprit. Political gatherings on Independence Day amounted to undermine the sovereignty of the country, said the petitioner. He stated that Article 17 of the Constitution of Pakistan provides fundamental right to form political parties subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in interest of sovereignty of the country. Besides, Section 3(4)(b) of the Political Parties Order 2002 said a political party shall not undermine the sovereignty of the country, public order or public morality. The petitioner said that political activities on Independence Day are tantamount to undermine the sovereignty of the country. Hence he requested the court to direct federal government to impose on the political gatherings on the 14th august. 

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