ISI challenges IHC verdict in the Supreme Court of Pakistan
*ISLAMABAD: *The country’s premier intelligence agency has challenged the Supreme Court verdict in the Faizabad sit-in case, saying it will adversely affect the morale of the armed forces.
The verdict, authored by SC judge Qazi Faez Isa, had directed the intelligence agencies, including the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Military Intelligence (MI), and the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), not to exceed their constitutional mandates.
It is learnt that seven review petitions have been filed so far against the apex court’s February 6 ruling. Interestingly, under the SC Rules 1980, an aggrieved party can move review petition within 30 days but in this case, the SC registrar extended the time till April 18 for the parties to file their reviews.
A senior official revealed to *The Express Tribune* that one section of the government was unwilling to file a review petition in this case as there was no specific direction against any individual.
They believe that the ruling is an academic exercise.
The Ministry of Defence, ISI , IB, Pemra, Election Commission of Pakistan, PTI, MQM, Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid and MNA Ijazul Haq have so far filed review petitions against the February 6 verdict.