ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court will resume hearing in the Faizabad protest case today after it issued showcause notices on Monday to the authorities concerned for failing to disperse the protesters.
The protest has entered its 19th day despite orders from both Supreme Court and IHC against the sit-in.
In the last hearing, attended by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Justice Shaukat Siddiqui asked why court orders to end the protest are not being implemented.
The minister, taking sole responsibility for the failure to end the sit-in, said he wants to resolve the matter peacefully and asked the court for more time.
The court also issued showcause notices for contempt of court to the interior secretary, chief commissioner and Islamabad inspector general.
“I believe we’ll be able to bring the protesters to our side,” said Iqbal after the hearing.
Court expresses displeasure
As the hearing began on Monday, Justice Siddiqui expressed reservations saying that the government did not implement his order to clear the protest by 10am on Saturday despite his clear-cut directions to the local administration.
The judge said that he will issue a ‘contempt of court’ order in this regard and ordered the interior ministry’s top officials to be present in court today.
Commuters in the twin cities continue to face hardship as the protest sit-in at Faizabad Interchange, linking the main Islamabad-Rawalpindi route, by religious parties enters its fifteenth day today.
Sources said the daily deployment of police and paramilitary personnel is costing the government Rs5 million every day.
Hearing the petition filed by Maulana Allah Wasaya, a member of the protesting group, against the amendments to the clauses related to the finality of Prophethood in the Elections Act, 2017, Justice Siddiqui on November 16 remarked that the petition will be taken up on the condition of ending the sit-in.
The Supreme Court also took notice of the sit-in on Tuesday and sought replies from the relevant government quarters.