Sunday, 24 August 2014

Peaceful Protests are Constitutional

Peaceful Protests are fundamental rights of citizens all over the world. Same is the case with Pakistan. Freedom of assembly is Article 16 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Article states as under:-

16Freedom of assembly.
Every citizen shall have the right to assemble peacefully and without arms, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of public order.

Peaceful protest without arms is a fundamental right as per this constitutional article. However, if any law prohibits such assembly then it becomes unconstitutional. The word law doesn't apply to any executive order. An order by Prime Minister is not the law, its only and executive order. Law means a statute passed by the Parliament.

Hence if no law is there to prevent people from gathering at a certain place, then the protest is a fundamental right. Protests of Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf are absolutely within the domain of this article. They are lawful and constitutional as they are peaceful and without arms. For further on this topic feel free to write us at

Salman Yousaf Khan (Golra)
International Lawyer

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