- Pemra, IB, PTI, federal government demand withdrawal of review petitions.
- The government created a “fact-finding committee” to investigate the 2017 protests.
- The SC bench led by CJP Isa had given a sharp verdict on the TLP dharna.
Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Friday filed an application in the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking withdrawal of his review petition in the Faizabad protest case.
The former minister has argued in the miscellaneous application filed in the apex court that neither he participated in the concerned protest nor did he have any connection with Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP).
Several petitions were filed challenging the Supreme Court verdict delivered by a two-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faiz Isa and Justice Mushir Alam on the Faizabad sit-in by the TLP in 2017. The then Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government.
Rashid’s application for withdrawal comes after the federal government along with Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) . ) and Pakistan Muslim League-Zia (PML-Z) President Ijaz ul Haq’s petition to withdraw their review petitions.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court led by CJP Isa will hear the review petitions in the Faizabad protest case on November 1.
Government formed ‘fact-finding committee’
Earlier in the day, the federal government – through an implementation report submitted by Attorney General Mansoor Usman Awan – informed the apex court about the formation of a fact-finding committee to probe the “role and instructions” of all “concerned” officials in the management. Informed the court. And handling the Faizabad strike.
The committee will submit a report based on the recommendations collected after the investigation to the Defense Ministry by December 1.
The fact-finding committee comprises senior officials from the home and defense ministries and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and will collect evidence related to the Faizabad strike and review all evidence, documents and records received in connection with the case.
In November 2017, the apex court took suo motu cognizance of a three-week-long strike that was organized against the change in the Prophet’s final oath, which it termed a clerical error when the government passed it . Election Act 2017.
The PTI-led federal government along with AML, MQM, Pemra and IB had filed a review petition on April 15, 2019, challenging the apex court’s verdict delivered by sitting Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Isa in connection with the Faizabad protest case.
In a 43-page judgment issued by a two-judge bench, the court recommended that the person, while issuing an order or fatwa Harming another person or causing harm to another person should be dealt with strictly and prosecuted under relevant laws.