The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday issued a written verdict in the suo-moto case pertaining to Tehreek-e-Labbaik’s (TLP) 2017 Faizabad sit-in, ARY News reported.
Last year, in October, TLP leaders were taken into custody after they set out on the streets following the SC judgement acquitting Aasia Bibi of blasphemy.
The 45 page long judgement, penned down by Justice Qazi Faiz Esa, is available on the SC website.
“Inter-Services Intelligence’s interference in political matters should have been halted after the Asghar Khan case,” read the judgement. “Instead we saw that envelopes containing Rs1000 notes were distributed.”
The verdict further adds that, “Every Pakistani has a right to create a political party but no political party can work against the state.”
Justice Isa concluded that it is imperative to know every political party’s source of income. “Tehreek-e-Labbaik was registered as a political party.”
It was advised to forward the verdict copy to defence, interior, human rights and religious affairs secretaries apart from Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, military intelligence and intelligence bureau officials.
Last year, in November, a two-judge bench headed by Justice Isa and Justice Mushir Alam had reserved the verdict in the case.