The Registrar’s Office of the Supreme Court on Monday returned the petition of Istiqam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) Additional Secretary General Aun Chaudhary seeking a ban on former ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The registrar’s office raised various objections to the petition filed by Chaudhary, once a close aide of PTI chairman Imran Khan.
Chaudhary had thrown his weight behind Jahangir Khan Tareen and resigned as Special Adviser to the Chief Minister of Punjab in August 2021 when he was asked to clarify his position on whether he was with Tareen or not. with the party. He took this decision after differences emerged between Khan and Tareen in connection with a high-profile sugar scam.
The registrar’s office, in its objections, stated that the requirements of Article 184(3) of the Constitution were not fulfilled while filing the petition.
The office said, it is not clear in the petition how banning the party comes under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.
The registrar’s office further said that the petition has not explained how banning PTI is a matter of public interest.
Further, the apex court noted that the leader of the IPP, who is also the advisor to the prime minister on sports and tourism, did not approach the concerned forum before filing the petition.
The registrar’s office said that under Article 248 of the Constitution, the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister cannot be made parties in the matter.
‘Plan to ban PTI’
In the wake of the government’s move to prosecute the May 9 rioters in military and anti-terrorism courts, Imran Khan last month alleged that efforts were being made to “ban” his party in the country.
He made the remarks during an exclusive interview with CNN, “To keep me out [of politics]The entire democratic system is being destroyed,” said the former prime minister – who was removed from office in April last year through a no-confidence motion.
‘No option but to ban PTI’
It is pertinent to mention here that, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had said on May 13 that there was no other option but to ban PTI after three days of violent protests that followed Khan’s arrest on May 9.
The arrest of the PTI chairman in the £190 million Al-Qadir Trust case sparked violent protests almost across the country, killing at least 8 people and injuring many others, prompting the authorities to crack down on thousands of PTI workers. had to be arrested.
During the protests, miscreants attacked civilian and military installations, including the Corps Commander’s House (Jinnah House) in Lahore Cantt and the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.
The army called 9 May a “black day” and decided to prosecute the protesters under the Army Act, with army chief General Asim Munir saying that the legal process in this regard had already begun.
In addition, Maryam Nawaz, senior vice-president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), also urged the government to deal with PTI as a terrorist organisation.
In a loud press conference in Lahore on 17 March, the PML-N leader attacked the former prime minister for creating a “scene” at his Zaman Park residence and said Khan had declared a “rebellion against state institutions”. . He also called for a ban on the party.