SC to announce verdict in Faizabad sit-in case on Wednesday


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) will announce its verdict on a suo motu notice of the 2017 Faizabad sit-in staged by the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pak­is­tan (TLP) on Wednesday.

The apex court has issued notices to the attorney general, Islamabad police inspector general, and secretaries of interior, defence and Election Commission of Pakistan.

The verdict is expected to be announced at 9am.

The verdict pertains to a variety of issues stemming from TLP’s infamous sit-in, including its party registration, its violent protest as well as the role of government institutions and regulators in the buildup, on the day and in the aftermath of the protest.

On November 22, a two-member bench of the top court comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Musheer Alam had reserved its verdict in the case after dishing out severe criticism to the attorney general, media regulator and other stakeholders.

In November 2017, the TLP had held a weeks-long protest at Islamabad’s Faizabad Interchange which virtually paralysed Islamabad and saw several people losing their lives. The court had taken suo motu notice soon after.

The protest had come to an end after the government had given in to the demands of protesters. The agreement was signed by the previous PML-N government and protesters after six people were killed with hundreds injured during a failed operation conducted by the law enforcement agencies.