SC: Non-implementation of Faizabad verdict led to May 9 riots

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SC: Non-implementation of Faizabad verdict led to May 9 riots. It has been established that violence remains a valid method of achieving goals, and the failure by the Supreme Court to implement its 2019 ruling on the Faizabad sit-in contributed to the riots on May 9.

According to the top court of the country, a written verdict has been given in the case of the Faizabad sit-in of November 15.

A three-member bench that heard the case was made up of Judge Aminuddin Khan and Justice Athar Minallah.

There was also a warning given to the future by CJP Isa in reference to the five-day sit-in staged by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) in 2017. In his four-page order, the Chief Justice of Pakistan described the historical events of violent protests in Pakistan and the warning given by the Faizabad judgment from February 2019.

It is unfortunate, however, that successive governments failed to address the concerns that we expressed nearly five years ago. In addition, there were petitions for review and applications for review filed, but no date was set for them to be heard, thereby hampering the implementation of the judgment,” it added.

It was further noted in the verdict that no responsibility nor accountability was affixed to any of the past acts of violence and no one was held accountable for them.

It is not surprising that violence has continued to be perceived as one of the most acceptable methods for people to achieve their goals. A victim was ignored without justice for those who were striving for an independent judiciary and the establishment of a tolerant, inclusive Pakistan; the nation suffered as a result, as evident by the recent events of 9 May 2023, the CJP stated in his judgment.

The May 9 events referred to violent protests that broke out throughout the country as a result of Imran Khan being imprisoned by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and subsequently arrested from the premises of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for corruption.

In various parts of the country, violent protesters ransacked and attacked defense and public installations, causing the authorities to take stern action against the rioters who were responsible for the destruction of these buildings.

As a result, dozens of PTI leaders have either left politics or parted ways with Khan over the ransacking of military installations which they believe was ignited by Khan’s confrontational politics after the attack on military installations was reported in the media.

An inquiry commission is being established

According to the same judgment, it was also stated that in accordance with the Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Act of 2017 the federal government had appointed an inquiry commission under the supervision and control of the Attorney-General for Pakistan (AGP).

There was a timeframe of two months given to the commission for the investigation to be completed. It is our expectation that it will do so within the allotted timeframe, in line with the agreement.”

Article 189 and 190 of the Constitution stipulate that the decisions of the Supreme Court are binding on all executive authorities and therefore must be implemented by them as stipulated in the apex court’s judgment.

Nevertheless, it is possible for implementation to be delayed if review petitions or other applications are pending when the order is being implemented.

As a result of the 2019 judgment, many of the people who were in government prior to the date of the judgment no longer have themselves in government, as well as the composition of the Election Commission has also changed. In light of this reasoning, it would not be appropriate to hold the current incumbents responsible for the actions/inactions of the individuals who preceded them, especially since they have demonstrated that they are willing to implement the decision that this Court has made.

There is nothing more liberating than the truth

This was acknowledged by the Supreme Court, which set an example for others to follow, by acknowledging that the petitions and applications that were lodged in the Supreme Court had been manipulated in such a way as not to be fixed.

Hence, it has been decided that the Supreme Court will be showing that the mistakes of the past will not be repeated in the future in order to regain the confidence of the people, according to the order.

The truth is the key to freedom, and the strength of institutions comes from the truth. No one should be able to take advantage of the Pakistani people

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