Court: IHC rejects plea being not maintainable against Qadri’s long march

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court IHC Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed for stopping Minhajul Quran International chief Tahirul Qadri’s millionman long march towards Islamabad.

The court held that the petition was not maintainable. The petition was filed by one Shahid Orakzai stating that since Tahirul Qadri held a Canadian nationality, thus under the constitution, he had no right to hold a long march, protest or rally in Pakistan.

The petitioner had also contended that the upcoming millionman long march scheduled to be held on January 14, which Qadri had announced in his speech at Minare Pakistan in Lahore on December 23, had no moral, legal or constitutional justification.

It may be recalled here that many similar petitions have also been filed against the upcoming millionman march of Tahirul Qadri in the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court. A similar petition filed in the Supreme Court maintained that if Qadri had any reservations over the existing democratic system, then he should take up constitutional methods to protest against it.

A same petition filed in the Lahore High Court prayed the court to order against the long march and initiate proceedings against Qadri as the march was against the state and was a conspiracy to abrogate the constitution.

Another similar petition filed in the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry, asked the court to stop Qadri and Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain from political activities in Pakistan because both they were foreign nationals, thus unable to become members of parliament in Pakistan.

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