The Attorney General for Pakistan, Mansoor Usman Awan, told the Supreme Court that the government has formed a new commission to investigate the 2017 sit-in by Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) at Faizabad. The commission, made up of three members, will identify those responsible for the sit-in and recommend legal action against them within two months. The court was hearing review petitions filed against the 2019 judgement in the Faizabad dharna case. The judgement called for penalizing personnel who violated their oath and prosecuting those advocating hate, extremism, and terrorism. The government expects to finalize the fact-finding probe on the sit-in within a specified time frame and has granted the Election Commission of Pakistan a month to prepare and submit a report on the TLP and its funding. During the hearing, the court expressed concerns about the commission’s inclusion of people currently in service and their ability to do their jobs objectively. The new commission will also investigate illegal financial support to TLP, recommend actions against those issuing fatwas, and fix responsibility of individuals and government officers working with intelligence agencies. The court adjourned the hearing for two months. The defense ministry and the Intelligence Bureau had filed review petitions to set aside adverse observations made against them in the judgement.
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