ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorist court (ATC) in Islamabad has on Monday declared Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) chief Khadim Rizvi and his aide Afzal Qadri absconders in Faizabad sit-in case and directed police to arrest both.
The court also ordered police to submit the final challan till April-4.
According to details, the court resumed hearing here in Islamabad today and expressed exasperation over absence of the aforementioned leaders. ATC ordered their arrest after both leaders failed to appear despite multiple summons.
The ATC had previously warned Rizvi against declaring him absconder and issued non-bailable arrest warrants for him.
Later, the hearing was adjourned till April-4.
It is pertinent here to mention that Rizvi, Afzal Qadri, Moulana Anayat and Sheikh Azhar have been nominated in case # 334, 335 and 345.
The Faizabad sit-in—which began in November, 2017—had severely crippled routine-life activities in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Supreme Court dissatisfaction
Earlier, Supreme Court (SC) expressed dissatisfaction at the report on Faizabad Dharna submitted by intelligence agencies.
Talking to Attorney General, Ashtar Ausaf Ali in the courtroom, Justice Qazi Faez Isa said that the court had specifically asked to inquire about the source of income of the sit-in leader Khadim Rizvi. Remarking on the work done by the agency, he said that the institution does not even know if Khadim Rizvi pays tax or has any bank accounts or not.
He further said that the apex spy agency not knowing about the financial details of a person like Khadim Rizvi spells disaster for the security of the country.
Director of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Defence informed the court that Khadim Rizvi is a cleric running a political party. To this, Justice Isa retorted that a journalist could have told us the same. The Court ordered PEMRA to submit report within ten days and Attorney General to submit report on measures to check religious hatred on social media, adjourning the hearing for two weeks.