A peaceful demonstration and sit-in in front of the Supreme Court has been planned for Monday, as stated by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, leader of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), on Friday.
After the Supreme Court ruled that Imran Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case was “illegal,” the Islamabad High Court (IHC) awarded him relief in multiple cases the next day.
Maulana made the declaration during an emergency meeting of the PDM, which was attended by several political leaders, including PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, PM Shehbaz Sharif, and Maryam Nawaz, the PML-N’s senior organizer.
After the meeting, the Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader spoke to the media. He criticized the Supreme Court for granting bail to Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in all cases filed after May 9. He said the court shielded Imran Khan rather than brought him to justice.
The leader of the JUI-F further said that the court had overstepped its constitutional and legal bounds by prohibiting the arrest of PTI leader Imran Khan for unspecified crimes. He claimed that neither Nawaz Sharif nor his daughters, Maryam or Faryal Talpur, were afforded the same leniency.
In addition, Maulana said that the PTI was to blame for terrorism, violence, and disrespectful behaviour toward martyrs’ memorials around the country.
He announced that the PDM had resolved to stage a nationwide protest against the Supreme Court’s actions by marching on Islamabad.
The leader of the PDM stated that the demonstration would be nonviolent but that anyone who tried to raise their hands against them would be met with sticks, rods, and slaps.
He promised that the Supreme Court would be instructed on its proper place as the “mother of law” rather than the “mother-in-law” of the legal system. The PDM, he added, nevertheless views the 4-3 ruling in the Punjab election dispute as genuine.
The head of the PDM has stated that the movement is a political platform and will do whatever it takes to get the Supreme Court to see its prejudices. He said, “If the ‘ghee’ does not come out from the box with a straight finger, it will be removed with a crooked finger.”
Meanwhile, Islamabad Police warned in a Twitter post that they would not tolerate any violations of section 144 in the capital city.