CJP Qazi Faez Isa shocks bigwigs
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa has scheduled a hearing for the Faizabad sit-in review case, as reported by ARY News. The case will be reviewed by a three-member bench, with Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa presiding over it, alongside Justice Aminuddin Khan and Justice Athar Minallah. The hearing is set to take place on September 28, marking a significant development in this ongoing legal matter.
The review petition in question was initially filed by the Interior Ministry back on April 15, 2019, challenging the verdict rendered by CJP Qazi Faez Isa. Additionally, the Pakistan Bar Council had also requested that the case be scheduled for a hearing, further emphasizing the importance and complexity of this particular legal dispute.
It's worth noting that Chief Justice Faiz Isa had previously found himself embroiled in a presidential reference following his judgment in the Faizabad sit-in case. This reference added another layer of complexity to the legal proceedings and garnered significant attention both nationally and internationally.
On February 6, 2019, the Supreme Court issued a written verdict in a suo-moto case related to the Tehreek-e-Labbaik's (TLP) 2017 Faizabad sit-in, ordering action against extremist elements. This verdict played a pivotal role in shaping the legal landscape surrounding the Faizabad sit-in and its aftermath.
The Faizabad sit-in itself originated from a weeks-long protest held by the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) at Islamabad's Faizabad Interchange in November 2017. The protest was in response to a minor alteration in the oath taken by lawmakers.
The National Assembly had passed an amendment to the oath for electoral candidates related to the Finality of Prophet-hood (Khatm-e-Nabuwwat), which had sparked widespread protests among religious groups. Ultimately, the government withdrew the controversial amendment, but the legal repercussions of the protests and the subsequent judicial actions have persisted.