Ahsan Iqbal appears in court for Faizabad hearing – Pakistan


Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal arrived at the Islamabad High Court on Monday as a hearing into the Faizabad protest went underway, after the court remarked on his absence.

Earlier, the high court had expressed its displeasure when the minister had failed to appear for the hearing. The minister had been ordered to appear before the court within 15 minutes before the hearing was adjourned for a break.

During the hearing, Inspector General Khalid Khattak, Chief Commissioner Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta and Deputy Commissioner Captain (retired) Mushtaq were present in court.

The high court has also summoned Director General Intelligence Bureau Aftab Sultan and secretary commander of the Inter-Services Intelligence.

In a previous hearing of the case, which was held before the Islamabad Police with the help of the Fontier Constabulary personnel launched their operation against the protesters, the high court had issued a show-cause notice for contempt of court to Iqbal over his failure to take steps ordered by the court to end the sit-in

Unpredictable situation in capital

The Faizabad protests had paralysed life in the twin cities for three weeks before an operation of security forces was finally launched on Saturday in keeping with the court’s orders.

The operation had continued all day on Saturday. Tensions had remained high in the federal capital on Sunday when the Rangers were handed over charge of the operation.

The situation in the capital remains unpredictable on Monday as protesters are still camped out at the Faizabad Interchange even after the government’s cave in to their demand for the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid.


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