SHC rejects plea against restrictions on congregational prayers
Statesman Report
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Friday rejected the plea filed against the restriction on congregational prayers in mosques and declared that the authorities were taking the measures to ensure the safety of lives amid the spread of a novel epidemic.
The SHC had on Wednesday reserved the judgement on the petition filed by a citizen Sumaira Mohammadi. She had stated that the government cannot stop citizens from going to mosques. It is a violation of basic rights, she contended.
On the last hearing, SHC’s Justice Mohammad Ali Azhar had inquired about the policy finalised by the federal and provincial governments regarding congregational prayers at mosques.
When the hearing resumed Friday, the deputy attorney general Sindh informed the court that the president had convened a meeting with religious leaders on April 18 during which decisions regarding virus restrictions for the holy month of Ramzan would be taken.
The mosques are not locked, clarified the additional attorney general, who was also present in the court to brief the bench on the steps taken by the government to contain the epidemic.
After the arguments were concluded, the SHC declared the petition as non-maintainable and stated that the government was using its executive powers to ensure the safety of people and the court could not interfere in policy matters.
Prayers can be restricted in the light of decrees issued by the clerics, the court order said.