The Lahore High Court rejected on Thursday a petition seeking to stop the Pakistan Democratic Movement from holding a rally in Lahore.
Advocate Nadeem Sarwar, the petitioner, stated that a health emergency had been imposed in the country, yet the opposition wanted to hold rallies. They were playing with the lives of the people, he argued.
Pakistan has closed its schools because of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the petitioner said. The PDM be stopped from holding rallies and its members investigated for violating the SOPs, he requested.
The court ruled that political parties were not institutions, therefore, constitutional petitions against them were not maintainable. It told the petitioner that he could submit the petition again after making necessary changes in it.
The PDM, an alliance of 11 opposition parties, announced to hold
its next rally in Lahore on December 13.
On Tuesday, the Lahore administration denied it permission, citing a spike in the number of coronavirus infections in the country.
What is the Pakistan Democratic Movement?
The PDM has been staging anti-government rallies across Pakistan.
The first rally was held in Gujranwala on October 16, the second in Karachi on October 18, and the third in Quetta on October 25. The movement’s fifth rally was held in Peshawar on November 22 and sixth in Multan on November 30. The last rally will be held in Lahore on December 13.
The opposition members said there should be accountability for anyone accused of corruption, not just the opposition. At the rallies, the opposition leaders also challenged the country’s powerful establishment, accusing them of bringing the PTI government to power through systematic rigging.