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PTI Azadi March: IHC hears petition against police crackdown

Islamabad High Court (IHC). — IHC website/File 

ISLAMABAD: Taking up the PTI’s petition against the ongoing countrywide crackdown and detentions of its activists ahead of its Azadi March, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday remarked that the court cannot issue an order on the basis of mere concerns or fear.

The IHC  heard the case after raids at the residences of the PTI leaders in multiple cities including Karachi and Lahore where, according to the PTI, hundreds of its workers have been detained across the country. A police constable also lost his life during a raid at a PTI leader’s house in Lahore.

During the course of the proceedings, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked, “Even in the law and order situation, the rules laid down by the SC should be followed.”

At the outset of today’s hearing, Ali Zafar, PTI’s counsel, apprised the court that the government has launched a crackdown against the party since they filed the petition in the court.

“It is a classic case of violation of fundamental rights,” argued Ali Zafar.

More to follow …

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