IHC Orders To Public Raja Zafar Ul Haq Report


IHC orders to public Raja Zafar ul Haq report

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui has issued the orders to make the report public.

Lahore (Pakistan Point News – 4th July, 2018) The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered to public the Raja Zafar ul Haq report regarding the controversial Election Act, 2017.

The hearings on the case pertaining to the omission of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat clause from the Election Act, 2017 concluded on Wednesday.

IHC judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui has issued the orders to make the report public.

The previous Federal government on February 20 had submitted the report of committee headed by Senator Raja Zafar ul Haq regarding the controversy pertaining to omission of the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath clause from the Election Act, 2017 in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The report was submitted by Deputy Attorney General Arshad Kiani before Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, who heard the case regarding sit-in of religious parties at Faizabad Interchange to protest the omission of the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath clause.

Earlier, the copy of a report prepared by Defence Ministry over the Faizabad sit-in of 2017 was received to media outlets.

According to media reports, the IHC had made public a Ministry of Defence report regarding the sit-in and subsequent operation last year against Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLYR) protestors at Faizabad interchange. According to the report, the government officials have rejected the notion that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was involved in orchestrating and sustaining the protest. In fact, the ministry contends that ISI made every effort to support the government in a peaceful resolution of the issue.

Religious political party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik headed by Khadim Rizvi, had protested against the government at Faizabad Interchange of Islamabad for around three weeks in November last year, bringing the capital to a standstill. Their protest was against changes in the oath that elected lawmakers take.

The sit-in was called off after an agreement with the government and the resignation of then Law Minister Zahid Hamid. Recently, the party again began protest in Lahore, blocking all major roads of the city as well as in other areas of the country. That movement was called off after another agreement with the government.

Mahnoor Sheikh

The writer is News Editor, Pakistan Point. She has graduated in Mass Communication and has worked in various media houses