ISLAMABAD - A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court on Friday praying to constitute a judicial commission comprising some high ranked retired military officer to probe into the incident of gunshots by a man in front of the Parliament House on Thursday last.
The Supreme Court has been urged to constitute judicial commission to place responsibility on those who were responsible to prolong the event, and allowed the public to watch the scene. Advocate Tariq Asad, petitioner, further prayed that action should be taken against Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) for allowing the TV channels to telecast live transmission of such terrorism against their code of conduct.
He stated that on 15th August 2013 a person namely Sikandar accompanied with his wife and two kids with two assault rifles - AK-47 and a latest submachine gun (SMG) - in his hands drove his car after crossing all the police check-posts and barriers and entered Jinnah Avenue in front of the Parliament House at about 5:30 p.m. and started firing. He held the whole city hostage for about five and half hours.
When the news was broken, the TV channels immediately rushed to the site and started live transmission. The man used his wife Kanwal and two children as human shield and demanded of Shariah in the country and the ouster of the incumbent government. Due to security reasons the roads were blocked from both sides and the people at large gathered near the occurrence to watch the live drama, Tariq Asad mentioned in his petition.
All the channels stopped the transmission of other programmes and started airing the armed and mentally retarded person’s dilemma, which continued for hours till Pakistan Peoples Party’s leader, Zamarud Khan, attacked him and the drama ended with drop scene.