Months after the Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) held the capital hostage due to their days long sit-in, the country’s premier intelligence agency, Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) has released a detailed report on what really went down that day.
According to the report, the leader of the march, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, is reportedly ‘financially corrupt’, while a dissatisfactory report was also given regarding the other leader , Dr Muhammad Ashraf Asif Jalali. There wasn’t much about the third leader of the march, Pir Muhammad Afzal Qadri.
Suo-moto notice of the case was taken by the court and a two-member bench of the apex court comprising of Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Qazi Faez Isa, heard the case today.
In the report, it was also mentioned that the ISI had recommended that the federal government should avoid the use of force and resolve the issue through peaceful negotiations with the group.
“Despite ISI’s recommendations to solve the issue politically and avoid the use of force, an operation against the dharna was launched on November 25, 2017 on the orders of the Islamabad High Court. The operation was an utter failure [and] triggered countrywide protests,” says the report.
The 46-page report gives a detail account of how the police responded and what went wrong with the handling of the situation. The means of finances of the march are also elaborated in the report and it has been revealed that the general public also helped the participants of the march by providing them with food and other essentials.