ISLAMABAD  - The Supreme Court on Friday said that it will only enforce the constitutional provisions and will not involve itself in the political confrontation between the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Awami Muslim League in their statements filed in the apex court a day earlier (Thursday) requested the court to stay away from the political turmoil, as it would damage their struggle.

Though the demonstrators have cleared the lawn of Parliament House and the Cabinet Division premises, they have again erected tents across the Constitution Avenue and set up stalls on the middle of the three-lane road in front of the Parliament House building in violation of the Supreme Court's instructions.

During the hearings of bar associations' petitions, the Supreme Court had asked the PTI and the PAT many times to clear obstructions from the Constitution Avenue so that the judges using that road could reach the court without hindrance. So far this decision has not been implemented.

President Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rasheed, who is also part of the PAT and PTI sit-ins, informed the court that on its order the lawn of the Parliament House has been vacated. "The protesters are ready to go back to D-Chowk if 800 containers placed on various roads are removed," he told the court.

However, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said the court had passed no order for vacating the lawn. "We have to perform our functions according to the constitution," the judge said.

In place of Hamid Khan, who has given the statement that the PTI would abide by the constitutional provisions and refrain from extra-constitutional step, another lawyer Yousaf Khosa represented the PTI. The bench missed Hamid Khan, saying he should be in this case as it has expectations from him in resolving the current deadlock. However, PTI counsel Khosa said the court should embark upon main issue and formulate the questions and seek suggestions from all the parties.

Justice Saqib Nisar observed that it is not the right of the protesters to paralyse state affairs, as Pakistan Secretariat, Cabinet Division, Federal Shariat Court and many other important offices are closed.

Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk said the judges are very clear about the issue of extra-constitutional step and have already passed an order in this regard. The chief justice also said that Sheikh Rasheed also intended to file another petition and it would highlight the positive aspects.

The AML chief said the whole nation is looking towards the Supreme Court in this situation and wants amicable solution to the present crisis.

Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Ejazul Haq and Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao were also present during the proceedings. Senator Raza Rabbani on behalf of BNP and ANP and Senator Aitzaz Ahsan on behalf of Pakistan Peoples Party and Jamaat-e-Islami submitted brief statements, but the court asked them to file detailed replies. The case was adjourned till September 10.