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Supreme Court reserves verdict in Faizabad sit-in case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on the suo motu case related to the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP) sit-in protest at Islamabad’s Faizabad Interchange last year.  Justice Qazi Faez Esa, who was part of the bench that heard the case in the capital, remarked that everyone seemed helpless here. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) protested in Islamabad, alleging rigging in the 2013 elections and sought a probe into to the matter but their claim turned out to…

Faizabad sit-in: Court declares Khadim Rizvi, others proclaimed offenders

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday declared Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi, and other party leaders as proclaimed offenders in cases related to the last year's Faizabad sit-in.  The ATC judge declared them fugitives over their perpetual absence from trial proceedings despite repeated summons. At the previous hearing, the court repeated non-bailable warrants for their arrest and directed police to get published their summons in newspapers to ensure their appearance in the…

Faizabad sit-in: ATC orders arrest of TLYRA chief, other leaders

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court here on Monday directed police to arrest Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi, and other party leaders absconding in a case related to the Faizabad sit-in. The ATC judge gave this order after their failure to turn up before the court despite its repeated summons. The court directed the police to submit a final charge-sheet against the accused persons on next hearing on April 4. Earlier, the Supreme Court expressed dissatisfaction over a report of the…

Faizabad sit-in: Raja Zafarul Haq report finally submitted to IHC

ISLAMABAD: The federal authorities on Tuesday submitted a report of the committee formed to fix responsibility for introducing controversial amendment to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat oath to the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The authorities submitted the report to the high court after its final warning to comply with court orders or face action. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the high court earlier directed the government to place on record the report until 1:00pm. He observed that the government was not serious in…

Draft anti-protest law awaits federal cabinet’s approval, SC told

ISLAMABAD: Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf informed the Supreme Court on Friday that the government has drafted laws aimed to handle protests in the country. The two-judge bench, comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Mazhar Alam, was hearing a case pertaining to the Faizabad sit-in that had paralyzed the federal capital for over two weeks last year. The chief federal law officer told the judges that the government has drafted laws aimed to tackle protests. The draft laws will be presented and discussed at a…

Faizabad sit-in: IHC unhappy over non-submission of Raja Zafarul Haq report

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday took the federal authorities to task over their failure to submit a report of the committee formed to fix responsibility for introducing controversial amendment to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat oath. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the high court warned the authorities of action if they failed to submit the report in the next hearing. He said he can summon the prime minister to the court over the government's failure to furnish the report to the court. The secretary of…

Nisar expresses concern over growing number of protests in country

TAXILA: Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Saturday expressed his concern over growing number of countrywide protests as he said it is setting a wrong precedent. Addressing a media conference here, Chaudhry Nisar said the protests must be curbed in order to let the country move forward. He said he was not against the protests as a right to citizens but it should not affect the routine life. Coming on Faizabad Interchange sit-in, the former interior minister said the protest at the arterial intersection…

Faizabad crackdown: LHC seeks reply from PEMRA on taking TV channels off-air

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday served a notice to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to file its response in a case pertaining to taking private news TV channels off-air during an operation against participants of Faizabad sit-in in federal capital Islamabad. At the outset of court proceedings, petitioner’s lawyer Azhar Siddique argued that the move of shutting the private TV news channels during crackdown against Faizabad protesters was illegal and sheer violation of Article 19A of…

IHC questions legality of govt agreement with Islamabad protesters

ISLAMABAD: Questioning the validity of the government’s agreement, which brought an end to nearly three-week long protest by a religious group at the capital’s Faizabad Interchange, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday asked Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf to explain whether the agreement was legally valid. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC was hearing a case pertaining to the blockade of Islamabad’s main artery by protesters of Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA). The court asked the attorney general to…

PM Abbasi lacked leadership to end Faizabad sit-in: Imran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said that the army acting as mediator to end the Faizabad sit-in saved the nation from further chaos and anarchy as the incompetent government was incapable of handling the situation. Addressing a press conference, the PTI chairman that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was with the ousted premier Nawaz Sharif in Raiwand, rather than showing leadership and handling the situation. "If the army had not stepped in, it would create panic in the…