Govt informs SC about notifying inquiry commission in Faizabad sit-in case

Govt informs SC about notifying inquiry commission in Faizabad sit-in case

ISLAMABAD, NOV 15 (DNA) — The federal government on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it has notified the constitution of a three-member inquiry commission in the Faizabad sit-in case.

The commission, headed by retired inspector general of police (IGP) Akhtar Ali Shah, also included former IGP Tahir Alam Khan and additional secretary interior Khushkhal Khan, and would submit its findings in two months.

Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the commission were also listed in the notification issued by the government. It would try to ascertain who was responsible for the sit-in; what were the factors that led to it; and who were its financers; who were the people who issued edicts and gave statements in its favour.

The commission would also identify those cable operators and broadcasters who violated the PEMRA rules. Similarly, it would try to locate those people who spread hatred through mainstream media as well as social media.

Later the attorney general of Pakistan (AGP), on behalf of the government, submitted the notification to the Supreme Court (SC) during the hearing of the Faizabad sit-in case. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Qazi Faez Isa, heard the case.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa asked why somebody from the defence ministry was not included in the commission. He, however, expressed the hope that the commission would conduct a transparent inquiry. The Supreme Court (SC) then adjourned hearing of the case until January 22, 2024. — DNA