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SC fixes review petitions against Faizabad sit-in for hearing

A three-member bench led by CJP Isa will hear case on September 28
In this file photo, protesters from the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Yah Rasool Allah throw rocks toward riot policemen during a clash in Islamabad on November 25. AFP
In this file photo, protesters from the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Yah Rasool Allah throw rocks toward riot policemen during a clash in Islamabad on November 25. AFP

The Supreme Court has fixed review petitions against the Faizabad sit-in for hearing after more than four years. A three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa would hear the case on September 28.

Justice Aminuddin Khan and Justice Athar Minallah are the other two members of the bench.

At least eight petitions were filed for review of the Supreme Court verdict on the Faizabad sit-in. The SC had taken up the case after taking notice of the traffic congestion arising out of the sit-in.

The eight review petitions were filed or re-filed in the court by various entities or individuals — including, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Ministry of Defence, Intelligence Bureau, Election Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan Elec­tronic Media Regulatory Authority, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the-then Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and politician Ejazul Haq.

The apex court in its decision on February 6, 2019 wrapped up a suo motu case of the 2017 Faizabad sit-in staged by the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan, directing the government, law enforcers, intelligence agencies and the army’s media wing to operate within their mandate.

A two-judge SC bench comprising Justice Isa and Justice Musheer Alam had initiated suo motu proceedings on the case on Nov 21, 2017.

The court had directed the federal and provincial governments to monitor and prosecute those advocating hate, extremism and terrorism.

Police and other law enforcement agencies were directed to develop “flexible” standard operating procedures to deal with similar protests in the future.

The judgement was authored by Justice Isa. The court had instructed the defence ministry and chiefs of the army, navy and air force to penalise personnel under their command who were found to have violated their oath.

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