Do you know what the ‘Mazar-e-Quaid Protection Act’ exactly says?
According to the law, organizing public marches or engaging in any political activity within the premises of the Mazar-e-Quaid is stringently prohibited and illegal.
Before the PML-N leader, Captain Safdar’s arrest, many people may not have known that a special ordinance was issued in 1971 to protect and preserve the sanctity of the Mazar-e-Quaid.
The Quaid’s Mausoleum in Karachi has been preserved and protected under a special law called The Quaid-i-Azam’s Mazar (Protection and Maintenance) Ordinance, 1971.
According to the law, organizing public marches or engaging in any political activity within the premises of the Mazar-e-Quaid is strictly prohibited and illegal.
Article 6 of the Ordinance states, “No person shall be allowed to hold or organize any meeting, demonstration or procession, or to engage in any political action within ten feet of the outer wall of the shrine premises.”
Moreover, article 8 of the Ordinance underscores that “No one shall be allowed to engage in any act which is insulting to the sanctity and dignity of the mausoleum.”
Under Article 10 of the Ordinance it states, “Anyone who violates the provisions of this Ordinance can be sentenced to three years imprisonment, or a fine, or both.”
The PML-N leader was arrested on Sunday night. In a Karachi court on Monday, the investigating officer told the court that Captain Safdar had violated the sanctity of Mazar-e-Quaid by chanting political slogans and exhibiting weapons.
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