‘This is Pakistan, Not India’: Islamabad High Court Dismisses Case Against PTM, AWP
Furthermore, Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court also said that the court will ensure that everyone's constitutional rights are protected.
Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court, Athar Minallah, has dismissed the case against 23 workers of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) and Awami Workers Party (AWP) after the court was told that all the charges against the protestors were dropped.
During today’s hearing of the case, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat informed the court about the Islamabad administration’s decision to drop all the charges against the 23 protestors.
The Chief Justice IHC said that “all petitions have become ineffective following the Islamabad administration’s statement.” He also expressed his displeasure over the government for curbing freedom of expression.
“An elected democratic government cannot curb freedom of expression. [We] shouldn’t fear criticism,” the Chief Justice remarked.
“The constitutional courts will protect the constitutional rights of the people,” he added.
Furthermore, he also said that the court will ensure that everyone’s constitutional rights are protected.
“This is Pakistan, not India,” Justice Minallah said.
Following the court’s proceedings, AWP activist Ammar Rashid took to Twitter to share that all the charges against him and 22 others have been withdrawn. He also thanked all the people who showed solidarity with them.
The state has withdrawn the FIR and all charges against us. Thank you to all who stood with us in solidarity. Hope this sets a lasting precedent against the criminalization of dissent, peaceful protest & freedom of expression in our country. pic.twitter.com/5hh2W3sE5i
— Ammar Rashid ☭ (@AmmarRashidT) February 17, 2020
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