IHC seeks written arguments in PECA case

Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petitions filed by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) and other journalists’ bodies.

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ISLAMABAD, The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday sought written arguments from petitioners in the cases challenging amendments in the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PECA).

Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petitions filed by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) and other journalists’ bodies.

The court was told that Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan could not attend the proceedings due to his engagements in the Supreme Court. After this, the court sought written arguments from the respondents and adjourned the case till April 7. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday adjourned hearing till May 16, on appeals of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) challenging the acquittal of former president Asif Ali Zardari in references pertaining ARY Gold and Ursus Tractors.

The court adjourned hearing of the case without further proceeding due to the non-appointment of NAB prosecutors in the case. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Sardar Ijaz Ishaq Khan heard the appeals.

The court was informed that the NAB headquarters had been written to appoint the prosecutors in these cases. At this, the court adjourned hearing of the case till next date.

It may be mentioned here that accountability court had acquitted the former president in above mentioned references in 2014. The NAB had challenged the acquittal before the IHC’s bench. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Monday that seeking fresh mandate in case of a political crisis was a normal practice in democratic countries and Prime Minister Imran Khan had done the same.

Talking to media persons outside Supreme Court he said that the masses were ready for fresh elections and no political party ran away from elections.

He said that Supreme Court verdict in suo moto case would be implemented.

Fawad said that some political parties were trying to influence the Supreme Court by launching a campaign on social media which would not be tolerated.

He said that but some parties were claiming that the constitution was violated through the Speaker’s ruling, but they forget to mention that they themselves violated Article 63A by horse-trading.

He said that keeping in view the national interest, the PTI leadership was sharing the details of the letter.

He said that the government had convened an in camera meeting of parliamentary Security Committee but the opposition abstained from it.

He urged the political parties to focus their attention on upcoming general elections as the masses have already geared up.

He said that the PTI would send two names for caretaker Prime Minister to the president today and if the opposition did not send its names, one of them would automatically be selected to the caretaker PM’s post.

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