Barrister Masroor Shah on Tuesday has approached the top court, and filed a petition against Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi and patron-in-chief Pir Afzal Qadri, seeking a contempt of court case.
In a petition, the applicants raised questions regarding defamatory language used by the leaders. “Do they have any permission to use inappropriate words against the court? Shouldn’t all citizens be faithful to the state in accordance with the Constitution?” the petitioner asked. He further pointed out that the two leaders used foul words against judiciary in their speeches during a sit-in staged outside the Punjab Assembly after the apex court’s verdict in the Aasia Bibi case on October 31.
Peace protest, he added, is everyone’s right in a democratic society, but no one has the right to paralyse the lives of other citizens under the garb of protest. “Did the foul language used by the two leaders during the protests not account for contempt of court?” he asked. The petitioner asked the court to begin proceedings, relating to contempt, against the two leaders, and take them to task.
The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi was taken into ‘protective custody’ by the police late on Friday night, as Rizvi refused to withdraw his call for protest in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on November 25, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said in a tweet. The TLP leader has been shifted to a guest house by the law enforcement authorities. Police reportedly arrest dozens of Party workers including leaders TLP, as central leader Dr Asif Ali Bilali, TLP Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa amir Syed Zafar Iqbal Shah Binori, Mufti Zahoor Ahmed Jalali, Allama Akram Jalali and Maulana Nisar Ahmed Jalali, from different parts of the country.
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17 November, 2019