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SC rejects Intelligence agency’s new report on Faizabad sit-in

Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Thursday has rejected Intelligence agency’s new report on sit-in staged by Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) at Faizabad Interchange.
During the hearing headed by Justice Qazi Faiz Essa, the court expressed reservations on the report and directed to resubmit it. The judge remarked, “The story has not ended yet as sit-ins are still carrying on in parts of country,” he added.
Deputy Attorney General told the court that his office received a report, without any signature, from Punjab in which nothing about human causalities was mentioned. He said the report stated that Metro buses and 1122 cars were badly damaged in the operation.
The judge asked who will be responsible for the loss of Rs146 million estimated by the Interior Ministry, adding public properties also belong to the citizens.
He remarked, will there be sit-ins every time to fulfill demands and that don’t destroy the freedom that you have.
Meanwhile, police officers also submitted report in the court, stating at least 5000 personnel of police, Frontier Corps (FC) and Rangers took part in the operation against Faizabad protesters.
The report explained that the officers remained deployed in the area for 20 days due to which they got exhausted to a great extent on the operation day. The report disclosed that security departments lacked coordination which led to the failure of the operation while at least 173 police personnel sustained injuries during the crackdown.
The report clarified that after struggling for hours, police succeeded in clearing 80 percent area from the protesters however, additional fresh activists from Rawalpindi joined them and launched brutal attack on the police.
On the other hand, the right-wing movements have continued sit-in protest outside Punjab Assembly on sixth day and are adamant over the resignation demand of Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah, despite leaders of religious parties calling off Faizabad sit-in after 22 days of agitation.
The protesters also expressed reservations over the agreement signed between the federal government and chief of TLYRA and announced to continue protest outside the assembly.