ISLAMABAD: A petition requesting the Supreme Court to stop Minhajul Quran International MQI chief Tahirul Qadri’s ‘millionmen march’ scheduled for January 14, was filed here Tuesday.
The petition filed by Asad Mahmood advocate, maintained that if Qadri had any reservations over the existing democratic system, then he should take up constitutional methods to protest against it. The petition said that the MQI chief had a lot of followers to support him.
The petition pleaded the court to order calling off the proposed long march alleging that Tahirul Qadri was attempting to establish a parallel system and imposing his own ideology on the populace. It said Qadri’s long march was against the laws and constitution of the country. It said articles 62, 63 and 218 of the Constitution did not decree any such uprising.
The petition said that the government should not allow anybody to transform Islamabad into Tehrir Squire. “Any attempt to establish a parallel legislative body seeking to overrule and overthrow the parliament would be a direct challenge to the sovereignty of Pakistan which the apex court is duty bound to defend”, the petition stated.
Earlier, a similar petition was filed in the Lahore registry of the Supreme Court, requesting the court to stop Qadri and MQM chief Altaf Hussain from political activities in Pakistan because they were both “foreign nationals and unable to become members of parliament”.
The petition had stated that Qadri was threatening to bring down a democratic set up and by doing so, he was violating Articles 6, 8, 9, 62, 17, and 67 of the Constitution. The petition had also contended that Qadri had committed treason by “inciting” the army and “inviting” the judiciary to be part of the caretaker set up.