Govt may face contempt proceedings in Faizabad dharna case

ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday expressed displeasure at the government’s failure to submit responses on the Faizabad dharna case.

Hearing the dharna violence case, the judge expressed displeasure at the government’s failure to present Haq’s report, as well as the defence secretary’s failure to submit the report regarding the agreement between the protesters and the government and why the army chief’s name was mentioned in it.

The judge warned that contempt proceedings would be initiated against officials for not complying with court orders. “We will not allow the matter to be brushed under the carpet,” the judge said.

The court had earlier ordered the Deputy Attorney General Arshad Kiyani to submit a copy of the Raja Zafarul Haq committee report which sought to fix responsibility for the introduction of a controversial amendment to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat declaration for electoral candidates in the Elections Act, 2017.

On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Arshad Kiyani informed the court that the signature of one member of the committee was not on the report. So, it had not been submitted.

Additionally, Defence Secretary Lt Gen (r) Zamirul Hassan Shah and Director General (DG) Intelligence Bureau (IB) Aftab Sultan were also ordered to submit reports on the Faizabad sit-in.

Published in Daily Times, February 10th 2018.