A local court in Karachi has directed the police to file a First Information Report (FIR) against the organizers of the Islamabad Women’s March.
The court’s order comes a day after a local Peshawar court ordered the registration of an FIR against the organizers of the march for allegedly making insulting posters with degrading words.
Karachi Additional District and Sessions Judge South passed the order on an application to the Station House Officer (SHO) City Courts Police Station against Advocate GM Arain under Section 22A of the Pakistan Penal Code against the SHO of the same police station, who allegedly refused to grant application for an FIR against the organizers of the Aurtat march.
Section 22A gives the courts the power to make orders under Justice for Peace and may order the filing of an FIR for failure to register a case.
Petitioner said he and other members of the Karachi Bar Association watched the march on a TV channel that was being broadcast from the federal capital.
He said that during the march, inappropriate words were used against religious saints and their spouses and provocative slogans were chanted.
The petitioner added that obscene and anti-Islamic slogans were raised during the march.
He said that the members of Karachi Bar Association had passed a resolution condemning such measures in the name of women’s emancipation and women’s rights by the organizers and participants.