DR. SHIREEN MAZARI CHALLENGES THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF SECTION 124A OF PPC IN IHC

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Senior PTI leader and former Human Rights Minister Dr. Shireen Mazari has challenged the constitutionality of section 124a of PPC in the Islamabad High Court. Former Human Rights minister stated that since independence, the Impugned Section 124-A has been used as an effective mean to restrict free speech. She also stated that it has been used by successive government for reasons that are arguably similar to those of our former oppressive autocratic colonial rulers.
Dr. Shireen Mazari also held another strong ground that “the Impugned Section 124-A was enacted by a colonial (autocratic/monarchical) regime for a very specific purpose i.e., to stifle voices of protest, dissent or criticism against the British rule. However, such totalitarian purposes cannot extend to a (post-independence) democratically elected constitutional government in Pakistan. Thus, the Law of Sedition as provided under the Impugned Section 124-A 1860 is inherently antidemocratic, unreasonable, flawed and against the spirit of the Constitution. It frequently leads to situations whereby machinery of law is misused to falsely implicate a person in a false, fake and frivolous criminal case with malafide intention and ulterior motives.”
Senior PTI leader prayed the honoUrable court that, “ section 124-A of Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 may very graciously be declared as ultra-vires in terms of Article 8 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 being inconsistent with and in derogation of fundamental rights provided under Article 9, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 19, 19A of the Constitution of Pakistan.”