SC takes notice of Faizabad Interchange sit-in

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SC takes notice of Faizabad sit-in

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Tuesday took notice of the Faizabad Interchange sit-in and sought replies from the relevant government authorities.
Hearing a separate case, the notice was taken by a divisional bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam when government officials and counsels informed the bench of hurdles being faced by them due to the ongoing sit-in by religious parties in Islamabad.
The court then sent notices to the secretaries of the interior and defence ministries, inspectors general of Punjab and Islamabad and the attorney general.
The apex court sought a detailed report as to what measures were taken by the government to safeguard the rights of the public.
The bench then adjourned the hearing till Thursday.
In his remarks, Justice Qazi Faez Isa asked which Shariah (Islamic law) permits obstruction of people’s routes and use of foul language.
The religious parties have been staging sit-in at Faizabad Interchange against the change in the finality of Prophet-hood oath in the law when the government passed the Elections Act 2017 last month.
The change, dubbed a clerical error by the government, was immediately fixed as an amendment was passed later.
However, the protesters demand the resignation of Federal Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid and want responsibility fixed on other officials involved in the incident.
On Monday, the government held talks with the protesters after Islamabad High Court gave 48 hours to interior ministry to end the sit-in, but the negotiations ended in stalemate as the protesters said their protest would continue till their demands were met.

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