Islamabad sit-in: SC dismisses reports, holds govt responsible

Courts Blast Government Over Protest Paralysis

Whatever the protesters' agenda may be, "which the ISI states to be political", the order said, "they can not be permitted to disrupt the lives of the citizens and to expose them to harm and even death, as in the fatality of [a] child", whose ambulance was blocked from reaching the hospital in the early days of the sit-in. The court has also summoned Director-General Intelligence Bureau, and Inter-Services Intelligence sector commander in the next case hearing.

However, the court yesterday expressed strong displeasure at the government for failing to take action against the protesters.

On the occasion, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali informed the bench about the government's initiatives to end the protest peacefully.

Expressing dissatisfaction, the bench directed the authorities to probe the people funding and backing the protest.

The bench had taken suo motu notice of the disturbance to public life due to the ongoing sit-in at Faizabad earlier this week.

The court adjourned the hearing till 27 September.

He asked under what authority did the interior minister stop action against the sit-in despite court order, in response to the Chief Commissioner's comment that the government stopped the city administration from doing so that the dialogue with protestors are not interrupted.

The operation was commenced against sit-in protesters of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah and Sunni Tehreek Pakistan on Islamabad High Court's (IHC) orders following expiry of the midnight deadline set by the district administration.

"The government does not want a showdown resulting in another Lal Mosque [Lal Masjid] or Model Town incident", he said while appearing optimistic for productive talks with the protesters.

The protest has also embarrassed the country as a whole because the highway where the sit-in has been organised is part of a vital road network around Pakistan's capital.

He said there is no legal justification of protest after a bill passed unanimously by both houses of the parliament concerning the finality of Prophethood (Khatm-e-Nabuwwat).

The interior minister, in his press conference on Sunday, said its the masses suffering from the sit-in as traffic movement has been suspended in the twin-cities.

The ruling party has formed an inquiry committee with PML-N leader Raja Zafar-ul-Haq in the chair, who will identify those responsible for the mistake and the change in the oath.

He added that it is the responsibility of institutions to dilute the perception that agencies are behind the sit-in.

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