Fed cabinet rejects Faizabad sit-in incident inquiry report

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Fed cabinet rejects Faizabad sit-in incident inquiry report

ISLAMABAD, May 21,2024: The federal cabinet has decided to establish a new cabinet committee by rejecting the inquiry report of the Faizabad sit-in incident inquiry commission.
On behalf of the Federal Cabinet and the Attorney General of Pakistan, the inquiry report of the Faizabad sit-in incident inquiry commission was presented and a detailed briefing was given in this regard.

The commission constituted to probe the 2017 Faizabad sit-in was constituted under the Pakistan Commission of Inquiry Act 2017 to ensure compliance with the February 6, 2019, apex court verdict, authored by then-Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

Although the primary objective of setting up the Faizabad commission was to fix responsibility for the failures that led to the TLP sit-in spiralling out of control, the commission’s report had stopped short of placing the blame directly on any individual’s shoulders.

The commission noted that since no one from among the then-prime minister, former ministers for law and interior and the former Punjab chief minister had accused intelligence agencies of facilitating the protesters, nor was any evidence furnished to this effect, the commission could not connect any organisation or state official with the TLP dharna.

The Cabinet stated that the Commission of Inquiry did not act in accordance with its Terms of Reference (TORs). Suspension approved.