You are currently viewing PDM Sit-In Outside SCP

PDM Sit-In Outside SCP

ISLAMABAD: Workers of PDM parties entered the Red Zone (despite Section 144) to stage a sit in outside Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) to manifest against the partisan attitude of the judiciary towards PTI Chief Imran Khan on Monday (15th of May, 2023).

Associated Press of Pakistan reported that PDM Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while speaking on the occasion said that the coalition government believed in upholding the Constitution and law, and no one would be allowed to disrespect the Parliament and the people.

“All institutions should work within their constitutional domains, while politics is the exclusive domain of politicians and if anyone wants to do politics he must have to contest the election,” he said while addressing a protest rally at the Constitutional Avenue.

Maulana Fazl said the coalition government partners respected the national institutions. “We have pledged to protect the judiciary, the law and the Constitution.”

He said it was being speculated that the PDM would abandon its movement after the today’s sit-in., but it should be clear that they would never budge from their stance, continue their such protest to safeguard the national interests, and if needed against resort to staging sit-ins.

He said none of the protestors had even thought of “disrespecting the apex court” as the PDM leadership wholeheartedly respected the judiciary.

He said there were rumors about the disqualification of the prime minster. “I want to clarify that we will protect our prime minster and the Parliament at all costs.”

Maulana Fazl accused Imran Khan of dividing the Pakistan Army, but the PDM would foil his all nefarious attempts in that regard. The coalition government had always stood by the armed forces and would continue doing so, he added.

Referring to the attacks on public buildings, he said India, the arch enemy of Pakistan, was jubilant today as Imran Khan was targeting the defence installations and also mocking the Pakistan Army.

“We will protect the Islamic status of Pakistan at any cost and not allow to succeed the Jewish lobby,” he added.

He said strict action should be taken against the miscreants who had attacked the GHQ, Fort Balahisar, Mianwali Air Base, Corp Commander House and other public buildings.

Later, he extended his gratitude for all the leaders of PDM, including Shah Zain Bugti, Khalid Magsi and Khalid Maqbool and thanked the workers for reaching at the protest venue on a short notice.

Associated Press of Pakistan further reported that PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz said justice should be delivered impartially and emphasized that the general elections would be held in the country on time.

Speaking at a demonstration organized by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) outside the Supreme Court (SC), she said the PDM had respect for the law, the Constitution and the apex court.

They, however, would not accept the “decisions made by the minority judges. Imposing a lifetime ban on some politicians while granting a lifetime bail to others raises significant concerns”, she added

Maryam, who is also the Chief Organizer of PML-N, commended the PDM leadership and workers for their massive but peaceful gathering. It was commendable that a massive crowd had gathered without causing any disruption or damage, she added.

She said the PDM fully respected “the white building (SC) on the Constitution Avenue. However, its respect and sanctity are tied to the administration of justice. This building is meant to serve justice to the people and strengthen the Constitution, the democracy, and the Parliament. However, from it an elected prime minister was labelled as ‘Sicilian Mafia and Godfather’, while certain politicians are continuously being favoured and facilitated.

“A person involved in a Rs 60 billion scam is welcomed to this building, while an elected prime minister is sent packing also from the same building.”

Instead of having equal scales of justice for all, she added, “some individuals receive capital punishment, are exiled, are disqualified for not withdrawing salary from their sons, or face a lifetime ban”.

Whether any dictator had ever been removed from office for the above, she questioned, mentioning, “The individuals sitting in this building had taken oaths under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) and the Legal Framework Order (LFO).”

Maryam alleged that the “doctrine of necessity” was always used in favour of the dictators. The rules of all the four dictators were legitimized from “this building”. However, “the current military high-ups have no intention to impose martial law, rather they stand with the democracy and the Constitution”, she added.

The PML-N leader said it was shameful that during a telephonic conversation of Imran Khan’s lawyer Khawaja Tariq Rahim, it was lamented that why martial law was not being imposed in the country.

Maryam Nawaz remarked, “Whether the ‘doctrine of necessity’ has ever been used for the common people or democracy. Those who refer to Justice Cornelius in their remarks are actually the followers of Justice Munir, and they are denying justice in a bid to protect Imran Khan.”

She said a thief, who had stolen a gifted watch, was granted bail in the Toshakhana case. Likewise, “his wife ‘Pinky Peerni’ received diamond rings as gifts, sold watches, and acquired land in the name of Al Qadir Trust, but when when questioned, she stated in the court, ‘I am a housewife’.”

Maryam Nawaz pointed out that she, too, was a woman, but despite being a woman, she was not provided any privileges and was not spared from vindictive actions. “I did not even apply for bail and declared that anyone who wanted to arrest me should proceed. On the other hand, Peerni was escorted to the courtroom in a carriage wrapped in white sheets.”

She questioned whether there was no respect for the wives, sisters, and daughters of others. She recalled how she and others were pushed and taken to court during Imran Khan’s tenure.

She claimed that the Constitution was rewritten to favour Imran Khan. “Although it was a decision of 4 to 3, but it was insisted that the minority decision of 3 to 2 should be accepted. Why such a decision should be accepted when the judges who dissented against it argued that suo motu powers were being misused and that it had turned into a one-man show,” she added.

She pointed out that Hamza Shehbaz’s government was toppled and Punjab was handed over to Imran Khan, despite having the knowledge that he would dissolve the assembly. It was in fact a conspiracy against Pakistan involving not only Parvaiz Elahi and Imran Khan but also “other characters who had promised relief to Imran”.

She alleged that former chief justice Saqib Nisar could not go ion the public since his son was caught selling PTI tickets in black. Another judge Asif Saeed Khosa, she claimed, had asked Imran Khan to approach him with an application for relief after the failure of his sit-in, implying that a favourable treatment would be granted.

Maryam Nawaz said everyone was aware of the corruption stories associated with the Twin Towers on the Constitution Avenue.

She emphasized that the PDM’s protest demonstration was peaceful because it was not foreign funded but rather a gathering of patriotic people.

She condemning the attacks and violence on May 9, which, she said, were the manifestation of the “fitna” (mischief) that had been nurtured for long. “The gang of miscreants have done that job of terrorism which the arch enemy like India could not do in the country’s 75-year history. Numerous public and private properties, including radio station and hospitals, were set ablaze. Even the Corps Commander House (Lahore), which was historically the house of Quaid-e-Azam, was also not spared.

Maryam said the first attack on the General Headquarters was carried out by the TTP and now the PTI was behind the second one. Imran Khan had let loose his gang of criminals set the aircraft – the symbols of the courage shown by brave soldiers in the war, on fire.

She asserted not more than 500 people had come out anywhere in Pakistan after Imran Khan’s arrest. “The rioters had received training at the Zaman Park from terrorists released by Imran Khan,” she claimed.

She said Imran Khan claimed that he was in prison at the time of riots and that was why he knew nothing in that regard. He should tell about where he was imprisoned when he incited people to engage in civil disobedience on the Constitution Avenue, assaulted policemen, and attacked national institutions, she added.

Maryam Nawaz mentioned that Imran Khan should express gratitude to the Rangers who helped heal his leg, which had not been healing for six months.

She mentioned that Imran Khan filed petitions on the same day, obtained bail and released on the same day, then travelled in a Mercedes-Benz to his home. He also received well wishes and bails in future crimes, she added, asking that whether someone had ever been granted bails like this in the history of the world.

Chief of JUI-F Maulana Fazl-Ur-Rehman and PML-N’s SVP Maryam Nawaz had reached the venue by 4PM.

APP Ads:

President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Advisor to Prime Minister Engr. Amir Muqam led the caravans of thousands of party workers and reached Islamabad to attend Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) protest in front of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The main rally was started from Peshawar joined by thousands of workers from various parts of the province.

Other caravans at Noshera, Mardan, Swabi and Swat Interchanges warmly received the main rally led by Amir Muqam from Peshawar.

A huge number of party workers also joined the Caravan at Mardan Interchange.

The party workers’ caravans emerging from different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also joined the main rally at Karnal Sher Khan and Swabi Interchanges.

Engineer Amir Muqam, spoke to the media before the PMLN caravans left for Islamabad.

He said “We have come out for the supremacy of Law and Justice.

“I am giving a message to the people that on one hand there are terrorists in the country and on the other hand, there are people who love the country and its institutions,” Engr Amir Muqam added.

“I ask the judges who are interested in politics, they can leave the court and come to politics,” he added.

Justice and law should be the same for everyone, Engr. Amir Maqam said.
On arrival at Islamabad, Engr Amir Muqam said that Imran Niazi is an Indian agent who is attacking country institutions.

Later, the caravan comprised thousands of party workers led by Engr Amir Muqam warmly received at the venue of the protest rally.

The caravan of people comprised of thousands of vehicles also chanted slogans in favor of Engineer Amir Muqam and warmly received him with rose petals on his car.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.