There is a petition in the Islamabad High Court seeking to ban the drive-in cinema in Islamabad. The reason? Because the petitioner is complaining only people with vehicles can go to the theater.
Talk about a spoil-sport. Rather than be a good sport about the development amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic effort to support small businesses with stalls at the theater, the petitioner is being a party pooper.
However, the real question is will the IHC really ban the drive-in cinema in Islamabad
CDA Asked For Written Notice on Drive-In Cinema
Chief Justice of IHC, Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition demanding a ban on the drive-in theater set up at Islamabad’s F-9 Park. After hearing the petition the IHC has referred the matter to the Capital Development Authority (CDA).
The top court directed the Chairman CDA to issue a written order on the matter after hearing the applicant.
According to Express Tribune, the petitioner’s lawyer, Yasir Chaudhry, appeared before the court and argued on behalf of the appellant that;
“The drive-in cinema launched on December 19 at the F-9 Park was only a source of entertainment for the people who owned vehicles.”
He added that the drive-in theater was a commercial activity that was prohibited at public parks according to the directives by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Further arguing for the closure of the theater, the petition said that the drive-in theater caused environmental pollution.
It is pertinent to mention that the movie theater was organized at the behest of the public. People particularly reached out to authorities demanding a leisure activity that fell in-line with COVID-19 SOPs.
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