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LHC slaps Rs100,000 fine on Bushra Bibi’s lawyer for ‘wasting court’s time’

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  • Judge questions why petition was filed when similar matter already heard by LHC.
  • He says “so much of the court’s time is wasted because of such petitions”.
  • Court imposes fine of Rs100,000 on Bushra Bibi’s lawyer Azhar Siddique.

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) dismissed a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi on Thursday that sought to “halt expected police action” at their Zaman Park residence during the Eid ul Fitr holidays.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs100,000 on Bushra’s lawyer Azhar Siddique.

Punjab police had raided Khan’s Lahore residence last month after the former premier left for the Islamabad Judicial Complex for a hearing and arrested several party workers.

During the hearing of a separate case at the LHC earlier this week, Khan informed the court of his fears that another “operation” would be launched during the Eid ul Fitr holidays. Subsequently, the court directed police to not “harass” Khan.

Bushra’s petition, which was heard today, nominated the Ministry of Interior, inspector general Punjab police and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) as respondents. It stated that “reports” had been received that an operation would be conducted at Zaman Park during the Eid holidays.

It referred to the March operation and requested the court to stop police from conducting the reported operation during the holidays.

During the hearing, Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh questioned what the court could do on the basis of “apprehensions”.

Referring to the LHC’s order to not “harass” Khan, the judge observed that a larger bench had already heard the matter. “When a five-member bench has already issued an order, why did you file a similar petition again? You should not have done it,” he told Bushra’s counsel.

When Siddique argued that the earlier order was related to not harassing Khan, Judge Sheikh said the latest petition was similar to the matter that had already been heard.

“So much of the court’s time is wasted because of such petitions,” the judge remarked.

At this, Siddique offered to withdraw the petition.

Subsequently, the judge dismissed the petition and imposed a fine on Bushra’s lawyer. 

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The nation is experiencing political and economic upheaval, he claimed. An ex-minister claimed, “The government is now causing judicial instability.”

Anarchy is being generated, he claimed. “People will face more hardships; this is just the beginning,” stated Fawad Chaudhry.

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PTI is given further time by the ECP to provide documents in the intra-party election case.

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Following an intra-party elections case, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was given an extension by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday to submit its paperwork.

Hearings were held on the PTI intra-party election case before a three-member bench chaired by Sindh ECP member Nisar Durrani.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ECP member questioned who oversaw the PTI elections as it wasn’t an organization.

Regarding the PTI’s recent election, the ECP voiced no objections. Barrister Gohar, the Chief of PTI, replied, “We plan to address a few legal and technical queries given enough time.”

During the raid on the PTI Central Secretariat, he claimed that the police had seized everything, including crucial party records, and that they had not even left a “water dispenser.”

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The PTI has filed a petition with the Lahore High Court to seek permission for holding a protest at Minar-e-Pakistan on August 14.

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In its appeal, PTI said that there will be no unlawful activity during the gathering, which they intended to hold on August 14 at Minar-e-Pakistan.

Permission from the court to hold the rally at Minar-e-Pakistan was requested.

PTI also asked for an injunction to stop harassing the petitioner and their family.

Notifying the Deputy Commissioner and other relevant parties, the court requested their comments. There was a one-week delay in the heating.

Note that the administration was also ordered by the Islamabad High Court to hold talks with the PTI in order to arrange a public gathering.

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