Nightmares of dharna politics

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered the Punjab government to publish Justice Naqvi’s report on the Model Town tragedy. The use of proportionate force to restore order, arrest criminals and clear public roads of irregular check posts and barricades is a constitutional obligation of all law-enforcement agencies. Although the right to protest is a democratic right, it cannot be exercised while depriving other citizens of their basic fundamental rights. The SC has also declared the agreement about the Faizabad protest to be unconstitutional. This country has suffered enough and it is time to decide that the right to form political parties, organise protests, contest elections or hold any public office vests only with those citizens of Pakistan who have not pledged loyalty to any other country. The right to decide the country’s fate should never be given to those who do not live here or do not pay any taxes. Can Dr Qadri or Altaf Hussain put up barricades blocking public…

Original published: 2017-12-07 05:00:00 Read the full Karachi News here


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