LHC Allows Aurat March
The Lahore High Court approved the Women’s Day event on Tuesday after successful negotiations between Aurat March organisers and the municipal government. The latter was instructed to make sure that the march does not include any offensive slogans or illegal conduct.
Rights activists Leena Ghani, Khawar Mumtaz, and Hiba Akbar have submitted a petition against the Lahore administration’s refusal of permission for the Aurat March to take place outside Nasser Bagh.
Deputy Commissioner Rafia Haider and other police representatives appeared before the court to inform Justice Anwaar Hussain that the authorization had been declined due to security concerns raised by the district intelligence committee.
According to the deputy commissioner, the security preparations for the Pakistan Super League, which was taking place in the Qaddafi Stadium, had already taken up all of the police’s time.
Notwithstanding the government’s professed security concerns, the judge questioned the political rallies that were taking place in the city.He claimed that whenever a prominent political figure testified in court, the police were always prepared to intervene.
According to the deputy commissioner, the previous year’s Aurat March resulted in a law and order scenario. Also, he cautioned the march organisers to show responsibility and ethics with the authorities.
The judge further instructed the Aurat March organisers to make sure that no offensive remarks or slogans or illegal conduct took place during the event.Also, he cautioned the march organisers to show responsibility and ethics with the authorities.
According to him, the petitioners’ fundamental right to legal assembly could not be restricted unless it interfered with the rights of other citizens. Therefore, LHC Allows Aurat March.