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Court Orders Registration Of FIR Against Aurat March Organisers Over ‘Obscene Placards’

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A local court in Peshawar directed the police to register a case against organisers of Aurat March on allegations of blasphemy and ‘obscene posters’.

Judge Syed Shaukatullah Shah issued the directives while hearing a petition filed by five lawyers — Ibrar Hussain, Israr Hussain, Kashif Ahmed Tarakai, Siyad Hussain, and Adnan Gohar.

Filed under Section 22-A of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the petition gives the court the authority to act as ‘Justice of Peace’ and direct the registration of an FIR against the act if the police does not.
organisers of the Aurat March in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad had strongly denied accusations the participants insulted Islam. They also sought an apology from journalists who took part in the disinformation campaigns.

The hate against Aurat March continued on social media despite various explanations by the organisers that their sloganeering and content of the placards were deliberately misconstrued to incite violence against the participants.

Activists had called on the government to take notice of the threats to the marchers and act against those spreading disinformation about the march.

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