Islamabad police showed substandard performance when it came to peacefully disbursing the crowds gathered for the Faizabad sit-in protest. Help from Rangers and Army had to be sought in order to end the sit-in and a deal had to be brokered with the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah leaders so that the group could call off the protest.
A day ahead of the sit-in hearing, Islamabad police submitted a report to the Supreme Court, detailing all the reasons which had led to the poor performance of its personnel.
One of the key reasons mentioned in the report was that the security personnel who carried out the operation were already fatigued due to the prolonged deployment at the 20-day-long siege.
“Mixed deployment of different forces, including the police, Frontier Constabulary (FC) and Pakistan Rangers, also had negative effects on productivity,” said a nine-page report submitted to the apex court on behalf of Inspector General of Islamabad Police Khalid Khattak, adding that the religious sentiments of the men deployed for the operation were also provoked by the protesters through their speeches, thus making them a hurdle in effective utilization of men.
The report further criticized the electronic media for live coverage of the operation as it disseminated the time of operation for giving the protestors final notice or deadline to vacate the Faizabad area. This caused a problem for the police as more protestors from adjoining areas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad gathered to resist the operation.
The police report said that the protestors were fully prepared and were equipped with pistols, axes, rods, teargas shells and even gas masks whereas the police was prohibited from using any weapon. Due to the area being open, even the teargas failed to disperse the protestors.
The report is expected to be taken up by a Supreme Court bench consisting of Mushir Alam and Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Thursday.