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Relief for PTI as IHC directs govt to greenlight Islamabad gathering

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In a relief for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday directed the authorities to allow the party to hold its public gathering in Islamabad.

IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, while hearing PTI’s petition seeking the court’s permission to hold a public rally in the federal capital against alleged rigging in February 8 polls, said: “One’s right of assembly cannot be taken away.”

The development came after the district administration, in response to PTI leader Ammir Mughal’s request, had denied the former ruling party permission to hold a public gathering in the federal capital.

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon said that the application of PTI leadership had been denied due to serious security issues, reported The News.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Akbar Nasir had earlier warned the PTI to only hold rallies if they get lawful permission from the concerned authorities or else face stringent action.

During today’s hearing, IHC CJ Farooq underscored that public gatherings are for everyone and directed the authorities to finalise the terms and conditions regarding the public gathering with the PTI.

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