According to Baaghi TV, Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah heard the petition against the order of banning in-door wedding ceremonies due to the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Petitioner’s counsel contended that the NCOC had issued a notification on November 6th stating that marriage ceremonies would not be allowed in the indoor halls from November 20th. The prime minister says we will not stop the wheel of the economy, but why is this happening against the Marquee owners? Make a policy but don’t for unemployment on nearly 10,000 people. If a marquee does not adhere to a code of conduct, then of course close it. Our opinion should be included in the decision to be made.
The petitioner’s lawyer further said that the Marquees have been banned but the government itself is holding large rallies. Government and opposition meetings are being held at various places including Gilgit.
Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that if corona spreads due to a marriage, the court cannot take responsibility for it. We must ask the government why the Marquees are being discriminated against. There is a ban on public gatherings and they are holding big meetings.
The Islamabad High Court issued notice to the Deputy Director National Command and Control Authority and summoned the competent officer in person on November 18. Islamabad High Court has ordered a response on the government’s double standard.
It is to be noted that, the ban on marriage ceremonies in halls, due to the increase in corona cases, was challenged in the Islamabad High Court yesterday. An application was filed in the Islamabad High Court by the Islamabad Bar Association. The petition states that the use of marriage halls has been banned since November 20th, justifying the decision to curb the Corona rise. There is no legal justification for banning marriage in indoor halls. The November 6th notification violates basic human rights. The court annulled the notification of ban on marriage in the hall.
Earlier, the NCEC decided to close courts, cinemas and theaters immediately due to an increase in Corona cases. A ban on public gatherings was also recommended, with no more than 500 people allowed to gather.
Special Assistant for Health Dr. Faisal Sultan said that the second wave of corona virus has gradually started in Pakistan. To deal with the second wave, SOPs will have to be strictly enforced. By taking precautions we can deal with the second wave of Corona.
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