ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court yesterday granted protective bails to the officials of Move on Pakistan (MoP) in pro-coup banners case.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani conducted hearing of a petition of Chairman MoP Muhammad Kamran alongside Ali Raza and Asif Iqbal, residents of Faisalabad who approached the court for protective bails in pro-coup banners case.

After granting protective bail to the petitioners against surety bonds worth Rs20,000/- each, the court disposed of the case and directed them to appear before the concerned court on July 22.

It was July 14 when Islamabad police had registered a case against MoP for the charges of criminal conspiracy.

The officials of MoP in their petition nominated Ministry of Interior and inspector general (IG) Islamabad police as respondents.

The MoP had placed banners across the country with its party’s emblem, pictures of General Raheel Sharif and inscription saying “Janay ki batein Janey Do…Khuda ke lie ab aajao”.

In the petition, Chairman of the party Muhammad Kamran said that he is heading a duly registered party and by placing banners with said inscription, he did not mean any unconstitutional measures to be taken against the constitution and what he only means is to request General Raheel Sharif to continue with his fight against terrorism.

He contended that through banners they only expressed their opinion that is their fundamental right under article 19 of the Constitution. They placed banners across the country in a legal manner without aiming, in any circumstance, whatsoever, without enticing the general public to breach tranquillity and peace of the country. Petitioner’s message has been wrongly interpreted and he just wanted to convey public sentiments.

Chairman MoP added that he clarified his position on different TV channels that he does not want imposition of martial law but soon after he heard through television channels that FIR has been lodged against him. He informed the court that he learnt that it has been directed to the authorities to arrest the petitioner at first sight without providing him an opportunity to reach a judicial forum.Therefore, he prayed to the court to grant them protective bails to access the concerned court and avoid arrest.