SC directs to vacate Constitution Avenue by tomorrow
Justice Saqib Nisar observed that it is painful to hear that a leader has declared democracy as curse.
The direction was given by the apex court while hearing a petition regarding any possible extra-constitutional step in Islamabad today. Five member bench headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk heard the case.
The court observed that workers of political parties bearing batons are scanning the government officials, lawyers and common people on the constitution avenue.
It directed for consultation among the protesting parties, petitioner, Attorney General and the Registrar of the apex court to vacate the Constitution Avenue.
During the hearing, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamli observed it is regretful that today a crowd of 50,000 people is demanding resignation of the government and anyone who could assemble 200,000 people will again demand it, which is unacceptable.
Justice Saqib Nisar observed that it is painful to hear that a leader has declared democracy as curse. He said Pakistan Awami Tehrik leadership has admitted that they have no control over their workers, therefore placing of containers on roads provide justification. However, the court will consider this issue later on.
Justice Jawwad S. Khwaja said after freedom, the constitution is the biggest blessing of Almighty Allah and it is our obligation to protect at all cost.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa in his remarks said the constitution and the democracy is in danger and the neurosurgeon who has already operated brain for four times should avoid further operations.
Later the court adjourned hearing for tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the members of the committee formed by the Supreme Court regarding clearance of the Constitution Avenue visited the place of sit-ins.
Later President Supreme Court Bar Association Kamran Murtaza told media that the committee will present its report to the apex court. He said it has been wrongly stated by Pakistan Awami Tehrik before the court that one side of the constitution avenue is open for traffic.
He said the Constitution Avenue is still closed for traffic and report in this regard will be submitted in the court.