The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has issued a show-cause notice for contempt of court to Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal over his failure to take steps ordered by the court to end the sit-in that has brought the capital to a halt for past 17 days.
The court has inquired in the notice under which authority did the minister not take action against the sit-in despite orders of the high court.
The court issued the notice while hearing two applications filed by residents about the disturbance caused by the protracted sit-in.
The interior secretary represented the interior ministry before the court, which ordered the interior minister to appear in person on November 27.
When the district attorney general requested Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui to withdraw the show-cause notice, the judge responded: “Are you a servant of the [interior] minister or the federation?”
During the hearing, the judge remarked that the impression should end that agencies are backing the sit-in at Faizabad.