The PTI denounced the government move of imposing Article 245 in the capital and calling in army ahead of the party’s ‘independence march’ on August 14.
Equally incensed with the government step, the lawyers also handed over a petition to chief justice of Islamabad High Court against imposition of Article 245.
The Article 245 reads, “The Armed Forces shall, under the directions of the Federal Government, defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war, and, subject to law, act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so.”
It further states, “A High Court shall not exercise any jurisdiction under Article 199 in relation to any area in which the Armed Forces of Pakistan are, for the time being, acting in aid of civil power in pursuance of Article 245, provided that this clause shall not be deemed to affect the jurisdiction of the High Court in respect of any proceeding pending immediately before the day on which the Armed Forces start acting in aid of civil power.”
In a PTI core committee meeting on Saturday, the members stated that no democratic government resorted to such decisions as it was a clear indication of the failure of the government along with law and order.
“Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) is directly accepting that it has failed to protect the capital and other important cities. It is clear that the government is trying to hide the rigging in the elections in 2013 by imposing the article in frustration.