IHC issued order to police asking them stop harassing PTI candidates.
The police were given a firm directive by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday to stop harassing candidates and employees who are connected to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party.
The PTI nominees Shoaib Shaheen and Ali Bukhari Advocate submitted a case complaining about unfair competition in the political sphere, and the verdict was made in response to their plea.
Shaheen fiercely voiced her concerns throughout the hearing over purported police intimidation techniques, which included pressuring PTI members to switch parties and threatening to retaliate against people in charge of planning party events.
Ali Bukhari Advocate emphasized the difficulties PTI activists confronted by mentioning incidents of intimidation against poll workers and disruptions to planned political activities and demonstrations.
The Election Commission assured the court, through its legal representative, that all complaints submitted had been quickly addressed and that the Inspector General of Islamabad had been given orders to conduct a thorough investigation into the subject.
SSP Operations of Islamabad Police, however, asserted that only two out of 112 candidates had filed complaints when questioned by Chief Justice Farooq. The Chief Justice regarded this claim with skepticism, remarking with a wry smile, “They are the only ones who have complaints?”
SSP Operations countered that all parties had been given equal opportunities, which led Chief Justice Aamir Farooq to remark, “Really?” with a sharp look of incredulity.
As a result, the Islamabad High Court emphasized how crucial it is to preserve public confidence in the election process by issuing a strong order to stop harassing PTI candidates and employees.
The court emphasized that law enforcement must guarantee free, transparent, and fair elections that are not subject to undue influence or intimidation.
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