IHC ordered to clear Faizabad Interchange of a sit

IHC ordered to clear Faizabad Interchange of a sit

Despite Islamabad High Court's (IHC) order to end sit-in, participants of Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) march remained stuck to their demands and continued sit-in at Fiazabad Interchange, creating serious problems for the people.

On Thursday, hearing the petition filed by Maulana Allah Wasaya against the amendments to the clauses related to the finality of Prophethood in the Elections Act, 2017, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked that the petition will be taken up on the condition of ending the sit-in.

The court, however, said a similar petition had already been filed in the IHC and advised the TLY to end its protest as the public was being inconvenienced by the sit-in.

Meanwhile, Islamabad administration has asked the protestors to vacate Faizabad interchange by ten tonight.

Justice Siddiqui the "District Administration should not have allowed them to enter into ICT, but it is a mystery that protestors are sitting for the last 10 days and District Administration is acting like spectator of cricket match".

Two religious parties have been camped at the key route linking Islamabad and Rawalpindi for almost two weeks in protest against the government's change, and then reversal, of the finality of Prophethood oath for lawmakers.

Justice Siddiqui, in passing the order, had observed that Islam does not permit any harm coming to women, children or the elderly, even in times of war. The judge said that as the protesters' demands had already been accepted by the parliament and executives, they had no more reason to continue protesting.

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The DC informed that Court that there were 1800 to 2000 participants of sit-in while a few of them also possessed weapons and stones, adding that the number of participants might increase after the Jumma Prayers.

Citing the difficulties faced by citizens due to blockage of the major artery, the court not only permitted the capital administration to enlist the support of Rangers or Frontier Constabulary but also directed to clear the thoroughfare by tomorrow (Saturday).

However, Justice Siddiqui said that the application will only be heard if the parties ended their sit-in.

Captain (retd) Mushtaq Ahmad further told the IHC that the administrated required three to four hours to carry out the operation.

The DC said an operation will take place in the morning, as it can not take place at night. Their earlier demands, most of which have been taken back now, included the removal of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, blasphemy accused Asiya Bibi's execution, dismissal of cases against religious leaders, and the removal of various extremist clerics' names from the Fourth Schedule.

The parties have been protesting against a reversed change in the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat oath in the Elections Act 2017 in their sit-in.