A bench of SCP headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk heard the case. In the hearing, the bench ordered Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to answer the questions raised by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Raza Rabbani in the case.
Justice Saqib Nisar said that it is the right of PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) to stage protests but also asked that whether they have the right to block the roads in Islamabad.
Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja remarked that every citizen has the freedom of expression but no one has the right to accuse other as liars and corrupt.
Lawyer representing Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) said that the federal government stole the freedom of movement by placing containers in the city on which CJ Nasir-ul-Mulk questioned whatever happening at the Constitutional Avenue was correct. He added that the government will also have to be answerable to the court.
He said that it is the responsibility of the court to listen to the complaint of 18 whose rights have been violated out of 18 crore people of Pakistan.
It should be noted that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), in its reply over the petition, said that the country is facing economic loss of Rs. 1000 billion due to the sit-ins of PAT and PTI. The party had also stated that the sit-ins are violation of the constitution and the two parties are violating the freedom of expression.
PML-N further stated that the long march has harmed the law and order situation in the federal capital. They also stated that the constitution speaks about the protection of the rights of all citizens instead of representing a handful of masses.