PAT, PTI refuse to move sit-ins to alternate place: AGP

ISLAMABAD: The Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) has informed the Supreme Court that the PTI and PAT are not willing to shift their protests to an alternative place.

In a statement submitted to the court he said that the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have refused to pull back from Constitution Avenue of the federal capital.

A Supreme Court bench comprises of five judges, headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk while hearing a petition against the protests at Constitution Avenue in Islamabad on Monday, directed the counsels of PAT, PTI and the Attorney General to work together to come up with a solution which allows free movement on Constitution Avenue.

The report said that in compliance to the court’s order, the Attorney General held a meeting with both parties’ counsels, regarding the clearance of Constitution Avenue for free movement. They were offered an alternative place for their sit-ins, however they have rejected this offer. They were offered alternative places at Sports Complex and Faizabad but they refused to move their sit-ins.

The Attorney General’s report further said that the two parties were not given NOC for their protests at Constitution Avenue.

The counsel of PAT said that party is not willing to shift to any other place. The counsel, however, stated that PAT would endeavor to make arrangements for facilitating the flow of traffic along Constitution Avenue.

PTI counsel informed the court that workers of PTI have not blocked any routes nor are they causing any hindrance in the movement of people.

He further stated that the protest is taking place in the Parade Ground, which is away from Parliament House and other buildings nearby.