PDM announces 'peaceful' protest, sit-in outside Supreme Court
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), declared on Friday that the ruling coalition will stage a nonviolent protest and sit-in in front of the Supreme Court on Monday.
This is in response to the PTI leader Imran Khan receiving relief from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in many instances a day after the Supreme Court ruled that his detention in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case was “illegal.”
Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and PML-N chief organizer Maryam Nawaz, who participated via video link, were present at the emergency meeting of the PDM, where Maulana made the announcement.
After the conference, the head of Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) lambasted the Supreme Court for allegedly providing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan preferential treatment and for granted bail in all of his cases after May 9. Instead of putting an end to the crime and safeguarding the offender (Imran Khan), he charged the court with protecting the crime.
The leader of the JUI-F also blasted the court for allegedly exceeding its constitutional and legal powers by ordering Imran Khan, the leader of the PTI, not to be arrested in connection with any known cases. He contended that Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, and Faryal Talpur did not get comparable accommodations.
Maulana further charged that the PTI disrespected martyr memorials and was to blame for terrorism and hooliganism in the nation.
He said that the PDM had chosen to oppose the Supreme Court’s actions, and the entire country would march towards Islamabad.
The PDM leader forewarned that although the demonstration would be nonviolent, they would respond with sticks, rods, and slaps if anybody tried to touch them.
The Supreme Court, he said, would be taught, would be the “mother of law,” not the “mother-in-law.” He added that PDM continued to uphold the validity of the 4-3 ruling in the Punjab election dispute.
According to the PDM leader, the PDM is a political platform, and they would do all in their power to make the Supreme Court aware of its prejudices. He said, “If the ‘ghee’ does not come out of the box with a straight finger, it will be removed with a crooked finger,” to highlight this point.
Section 144 has been implemented in Islamabad, according to a tweet from the Islamabad Police, and no one will be permitted to violate it.