Hoist Daesh flag if you have no respect for Pakistan’s laws, SC tells govt depts

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday said that government departments hoisting Pakistan’s flag should also respect it, adding that the IGs should hoist Daesh’s flag instead of the national flag if they consider themselves above the law.

A two-member SC bench headed by Justice Azmat Saeed gave these remarks after the home secretary sought three month’s time to shift the offices of Islamabad and Motorway Inspectors General (IGs) away from the residential areas of Islamabad.

“Does the law not apply to the IGs? If they have Pakistan’s flag hoisted on their offices, they need to respect the country’s laws as well,” the bench observed.

The Home and Capital Administration and Development (CDA) secretaries appeared before the court and asked for three month’s time to shift the office away from the residential areas.  The court ordered the Capital Development Authority CDA) chairman to submit an affidavit that the offices will be shifted within the stipulated time.

The court observed that those who are supposed to implement and protect the law are the ones violating it.

Additional attorney general appeared before the court and said that the Islamabad IG office will be shifted to Police Lines, and Motorway IG office to the immigration department.

CDA counsel Shahid Hamid told the court that the civic agency has shifted many embassies from residential areas and closed guest houses adding that the problems cannot be sorted out overnight. Upon this, the court replied: “You are wasting the court’s time. Some progress should have been made on the case.”

Lawyer Aslam Khaki appeared before the court and said that a piece of land had been allocated for F-8 Katchery, however, Islamabad High Court grabbed the land. He also told the apex court that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has occupied a vast swath of land in the residential area and the court should order the investigation agency to vacate the land. The court adjourned the hearing till April 11.