Faizabad sit-in: IHC serves contempt notice on Ahsan Iqbal

Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Friday served a contempt notice on Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal for not taking action against the religious groups’ sit-in at Faizabad Interchange.
Justice Shaukat Siddiqui while hearing the case expressed annoyance at the government’s inaction despite the court’s order saying that flouting court order was tantamount to disrespecting it.
He asked under what authority did the interior minister stop action against the sit-in despite court’s order while responding to the Chief Commissioner’s comments that the government stopped the city administration from doing so.
Justice Siddiqui said that let alone an interior minister, even a prime minister could not flour court’s order and summoned DG Investigation Bureau (IB) and in the next hearing.
Responding to the court’s remarks, interior secretary said that use of force would lead to bloodshed; however, force must be used when needed.
Upon this, Justice Siddiqui remarked that the court did not say to open fire on the protesters and added that half of them would disperse with the use of tear gas.
Meanwhile, IG Islamabad prayed to the court for more time to end the sit-in.
The court then ordered the interior ministry to end the sit-in within three days.
In the last hearing, attended by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Justice Shaukat Siddiqui asked why court orders to end the protest were not being implemented.


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