Court: Govt-Qadri long march pact challenged before SC

ISLAMABAD: A constitutional petition challenging the Islamabad Declaration, a written deal between the government and Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri for termination of the long march on Jan 17, was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The petition was filed by Shahid Orakzai. He submitted that the pact was against the national sovereignty as it was signed with a foreign national. It said the federation had exceeded its administrative jurisdiction through this agreement.

He contended that the federation had no authority to make any such deal without the consent of the President. He further stated that time for scrutiny of candidates under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution was raised at the demand of one party, which tantamount to discrimination for other parties.