IHC issues notices to Manzoor Pashteen, others on plea seeking ban on PTM

IHC seeks reply from Manzoor Pashteen, others to petition seeking ban on PTM
IHC seeks reply from Manzoor Pashteen, others to petition seeking ban on PTM

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued notices to Pashtun Tahafuz Movemnet (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen, MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir on a plea seeking ban on PTM.
IHC judge Justice Amir Farooq hear the case.
At the outset of the hearing, Barrister Shoaib pleaded the court to pass ruling to ban PTM leaders’ social media accounts and slap ban on the party as it is not registered and involved in creating anti-state sentiments in the country.
The court sought replies from Pashteen, Dawar, Wazir, the state of Pakistan through the Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Defence, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). It also sought written response from the Ministry of Interior.
The IHC further directed the interior ministry, PEMRA and PTA to ensure all rules and regulations are implemented and adjourned the hearing till June 3.
The petition had prayed for “appropriate action” against Pashteen, Dawar and Wazir “under prevailing laws” in the interest of the country and to “uphold the respect and prestige of the Pakistan Army”.
It maintained that it was interior, law and defence ministries, PEMRA and PTA’s duty to ensure that a constitutional institution is not maligned in public gathering and in public interviews.
The petition also seeks to delete and block social media accounts of all three PTM members and bar them from hosting or appearing on any electronic and print medium.
The IHC also served notices to Manzoor Pashteen, Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir and later adjourned the hearing for two weeks.
Last week, a petition was filed in Islamabad High Court (IHC) against PTM for speaking against national institutes including Pakistan Army in the wake of 10-year-old Farishta Mohmand rape case in the federal capital.
Yesterday, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leaders along with their supporters had attacked an army check post in the former tribal region of Miranshah, martyring one soldier and injuring five others.

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