Don't make the nation a joke:SC to ISI

Islamabad: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday showed dissatisfaction over the role of the ISI during a major protest last year, saying: "You are a top agency, don't make a joke out of the country."

Hundreds of Tehreek-e-Labbaik supporters had camped at the Faizabad Interchange here for three weeks since November 6, calling for the resignation of law minister Zahid Hamid who they blamed for the hastily-abandoned change in the oath of elected representatives.

The government was forced to accept Tehreek-e-Labbaik's demands after a government operation to break up the protest went awry and sparked violence across Pakistan.

During a suo motu hearing of the Faizabad sit-in, the two- judge bench comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Qazi Faez Isa, also asked the ISI whether a cell to monitor the activities of such protests existed in the organisation or not, and if it did then was the agency's representative aware of who the protesters were, what the working of the group was like and other issues.

"You are a top agency, don't make a joke out of the country," the Express Tribune quoted Justice Isa as saying.

The bench also inquired about the financial sources and income of protesters, further questioning the budget of the ISI, the report said.

"Should the top court summon the ISI chief to get answers? If you [the representative] don't have a coherent answer?" Justice Isa said the ISI is doing nothing for the people of Pakistan. He said that Pakistan did not come into being because of the army. PTI


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