PESHAWAR: The Islamabad High Court has rejected a petition against the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman over his alleged speech against the state institutions.

A citizen, Shahjehan Khan had approached the court with a petition that the JUI-F chief and his party must be banned over his speech against the state institutions. He had made Maulana Fazlur Rehman, federal government, chief election commissioner and Pemra chairman respondents in the petition. The petitioner had said that the Prime Minister Office must be asked why an action has not been taken over the statement of the Maulana.

The IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the case on Wednesday. The chief justice observed that the court cannot forbid anyone from his political activities. He said people say many things against all institutions, including the judiciary. He said one should develop such a character that no one can speak against him.

Justice Athar Minallah said it’s an era of global village and social media and it is not possible that every single individual may be stopped from whatever he is saying. He said everyone must have the right to express himself freely in a democratic country.

The court declared the petition non-maintainable and dismissed the case.

The petition against the Maulana was field at a time when he has announced Azadi March against the government. He has got the support of almost all opposition parties for his march. The Maulana said the march can end only with the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In latest statement, the JUI-F chief said the option of collective resignations from all the assemblies by members of the opposition parties is also under consideration.

Talking to foreign journalists, Fazlur Rehman said the PTI government’s mandate is fake which has never been accepted by the opposition. He made it clear that there will not be any sit-in and only his party activist will hold a march. He said a plan has also been made to respond if the party’s central leadership was arrested.

Meanwhile, the government committee for negotiations with the opposition has rejected the demand of resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.