IHC seeks report over legal status of agreement with TLYR’s protesters

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A Pakistani protester of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) religious group throws a tear gas shell back towards police during a clash in Islamabad on November 25, 2017.
Pakistani forces fired rubber bullets and lobbed tear gas at protesters in Islamabad on November 25 as they moved to disperse an Islamist sit-in that has virtually paralysed the country’s capital for weeks. The roughly 8,500 elite police and paramilitary troops in riot gear began clearing the 2,000 or so demonstrators soon after dawn, with nearby roads and markets closed. / AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday granted time to Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) till January 12 to submit a detailed report over legal status of the agreement between the state and the protesters of Tehreek e Labaik Ya Rasool (TLYR), who had paralyzed the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi for around three weeks through their sit-in at Faizabad Interchange.

An Intelligence Bureau (IB) official and the chief commissioner Islamabad today submitted their reports to the IHC regarding the law enforcement agencies’ operation against the TLYR protesters.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC heard the case filed by a citizen against the TLYR’s sit-in, which had disturbed the routine life.

During the course of hearing, Justice Siddiqui remarked why the agreement between the state and the protesters should not be sent to the parliament for debate in its joint session. The federal government and the mediator should examine its legal status, he added.

Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf requested the bench not to send the matter to the parliament as they would settle the issue on their own.

He argued that the Supreme Court had taken a suo-moto action over the sit-in and discussed all the points related to it in its order.

Justice Siddiqui remarked that the pray made by the petitioner Allahwasaya was not part of the apex court’s order.

The bench was requested to grant some time for seeking legal assistance about the mediating role of a state institution in reaching an agreement with the protesters.

The court observed that not a single clause of the agreement was in accordance with the Constitution. How the cases registered under Anti-Terrorism Act could be quashed, he questioned.

Justice Siddiqui observed that the court would not dismiss the case till the losses incurred by the police during the sit-in were not compensated. The police personnel should be given four-month salaries as a reward, he added.

He asked how the state could sign an agreement on behalf of persons injured by the protestors.

The court granted time to the attorney general to submit detailed report and adjourned hearing till January 12. – AGENCIES

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Story first published: 4th December 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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