IHC reserves verdict in PTI plea against delay in NOC for Islamabad sit-in

IHC reserves verdict in PTI plea against delay in NOC for Islamabad sit-in

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday reserved its judgement on a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) plea against the government 's delay in issuing a no objection certificate (NOC) to the party for a sit-in and protest in Islamabad.

On Wednesday, the IHC issued notices to the federal capital's administration for not issuing PTI a no-objection certificate for its sit-in, directing them to appear before it today.

During the hearing presided by Justice Aamer Farooq, the court expressed annoyance as the relevant official of the Islamabad administration had not appeared despite summoning.

Later, Islamabad Advocate General Barrister Jahangir Jadoon and Islamabad deputy commissioner appeared in the court.

Jadoon started his arguments by reading the Supreme Court (SC) judgment of May 25.

The advocate general then read the reply submitted by PTI Chairman Imran Khan to the Supreme Court (SC) and stated that the government "does not trust them [PTI] because retract their statement within half an hour”.

Jadoon maintained that losses occurred in PTI's previous long march and police personnel were injured.

At the court's inquiry, the advocate general told that the PTI is seeking permission to hold the rally at the same spot they had asked to hold the rally in the previous march.

Meanwhile, PTI lawyer Babar Awan maintained that Ali Awan has filed this plea so he is responsible for it.

"The matter is already in the SC, we shouldn't argue on it," he said.

Justice Farooq asked Awan's opinion on what he thinks that the same as before wouldn't happen at the place government allots to PTI for rally.

He directed the PTI to assure that peace and security will be maintained regardless of the place allotted for the rally and make sure that the roads are not blocked to cause inconvenience to the people.

In his remarks Justice Farooq said that holding protest is PTI's right but the citizen's rights should also be taken care of.

Later, the court reserved the verdict after hearing the arguments from the parties in the case.