ISI spills beans on Khadim Rizvi in its report on Faizabad sit-in: report

Khadim Hussain Rizvi at the rally.

ISLAMABAD: The premier intelligence agency has spilled the beans on Khadim Hussain Rizvi and Faizabad dharna in its investigation report, a local English newspaper reported.

In its detailed report, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has told the Supreme Court that Rizvi, whose sit-in last November brought the capital to a standstill, is “reportedly financially corrupt.”

A two-member bench comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Qazi Faez Isa, of the apex court resumed hearing of suo moto case regarding last year’s Faizabad sit-in.

The comprehensive report stated that ISI had recommended the federal government avoid the use of force and resolve the issue amicably through negotiations with Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLYR).

“Despite the recommendations of ISI to resolve the issue politically, the government launched an operation on November 25, 2017, which was an utter failure and caused countrywide protests,” the report said.

The agency has also submitted complete profiles of Dharna leadership including Rizvi, Pir Muhammad Afzal Qadri, and Ashraf Asif Jalali.

The report has called Rizvi “reportedly corrupt” in financial matters but also mentioned that he appears to be living within his means. “He is known as “arrogant” with his superiors, “harsh” with his followers and “committed” to his cause,” the report said.

His overall reputation has been categorised as “unsatisfactory.”