IHC rejects petition seeking ban on Nawaz Sharif’s speeches

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

05th Oct, 2020. 09:16 pm

On Monday, the Islamabad High Court has rejected the petition seeking a ban on Nawaz Sharif‘s, PML-N leader, speeches after the court observed bringing politics related matters to “tendency of invoking the constitutional jurisdiction of a high court in matters involving political content is certainly not in the public interest”

Earlier in the day, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah announced the verdict after hearing arguments.

According to the IHC, such issues are dragged unnecessarily in the courts. The court further observed that for such issues, there was an alternate forum for the redressal. It added that the court was not satisfied with the complaints. The verdict read,

“The constitutional jurisdiction of a high court in matters involving political content”, especially in cases where the law provides “alternative remedies”

The petitioner had expressed that by Nawaz’s speech the country’s security was being “threatened”. However, the court had dismissed the argument and said, the security of Pakistan is not frail nor can be threatened by mere political rhetoric.” IHC believed the petitioner’s concern regarding Pakistan’s security was “misconceived”.

“The people of Pakistan, through their chosen representatives, have the will and resolve to safeguard the security of Pakistan. The security of Pakistan is surely not dependent on the issuance of a writ by this court,” the verdict read.

IHC Chief Justice had fixed the October 5 as the date for hearing the petition on 3rd October.


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