ISLAMABAD     -   The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday dismissed a petition filed by PTI leader Shireen Mazari seeking the annulment of Section 124-A of the Pakistan Penal Code, which pertains to sedition. Mazari’s petition was, however, dismissed by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah for being non-maintainable in a short order. A detailed verdict will be issued later. The petition named the Federation of Pakistan, Islamabad chief commissioner, and the inspector generals and governments of all provinces including the capital city. It highlighted that since the establishment of Pakistan, political leadership, journalists, activists, and free thinkers had faced sedition charges under Section 124-A Pakistan Penal Code 1860. Mazari said that the law had been used as an effective means to curb the freedom of speech. “It may kindly be noted that the under the impugned Section 124-A,1860, also violates Article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan.”