Islamabad episode: SC moved for judicial probe
17 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan requesting, formation of a judicial commission comprising some high ranked retired military officers to probe into the incident occurred on August 15, 2013 and book the responsible elements.
Advocate Tariq Asad, petitioner, further prayed that action should be taken against Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for allowing TV channels to telecast live transmissions of such terrorism against their code of conduct.
He stated that on August 15, a person, Sikandar accompanied with his wife and two kids, wielding two semi-autmatic rifles and a latest submachine gun (SMG), drove his car after crossing all the police check-posts and barriers and entered into the Jinnah Avenue, in front of the Parliament Building, at about 5:30 p.m. and started firing gunshots into the air. He held the whole city hostage for over five hours.
The incident became a cynosure for media as the episode transpired and all TV channels began live transmission from the spot.
The man used his wife Kanwal and two children as shield and demanded implementation of Shariah rule in the country and ouster of the incumbent government. All the TV channels stopped the transmission of other programmes and started airing the armed, or some say mentally retarded man, which continued for hours till Pakistan Peoples Party's leader, Zamarud Khan, attacked him and the drama ended with a drop scene.
He contended that all the channels continued telecasting the whole episode for over 5 hours without any recess that spread fear, harassment and suspense in violation of Article 9 of the Constitution. He stated that inefficiencies of secretary Ministry of Interior, inspector general police and chairman PEMRA had caused not only the disgrace of the law enforcing agencies, but also the integrity of the state particularly at the time when there are disturbances at the Indo-Pak border such an impression that Pakistan was incapable to control a man with two guns, raising questions of its self-security.