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The commission from Faizabad clears Faiz Hameed of all allegations and recommends prudent management of the situation.



Retired Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, the former director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has been cleared of all accusations by the inquiry commission looking into the November 2017 Faizabad sit-in.

The three-member panel, appointed by the Supreme Court, has released its 149-page report.

After assessing the circumstances surrounding the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan sit-in at Faizabad, the panel reportedly identified a number of shortcomings in the way the matter was handled and produced recommendations.

The study includes information on issues pertaining to former law minister Zahid Hamid and outlines the roles played by the Islamabad Police, the Ministry of Interior, the Punjab government, the ISI, and the IB.

According to the report, the ISI director general and the then-chief of army gave Faiz Hameed permission to sign the agreement with protestors in his capacity as Maj Gen DG (C) of ISI. Furthermore, retired General Faiz Hameed’s mediation role was agreed upon by then-prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and then-interior minister Ahsan Iqbal.

The commission emphasized the need to implement every recommendation made in the National Action Plan and suggested that the police command and control system’s shortcomings be fixed.

The commission of inquiry noted that instances resembling those in Faizabad happened as a result of policy shortcomings in the administration. It emphasized that “policymakers” ought to take the Faizabad episode as a lesson.

The Punjabi government was blamed in the report for “allowing the TLP to proceed to Islamabad instead of halting it in Lahore.”

The investigation also noted that hundreds of injuries and fatalities were caused by the twin cities’ police department’s breakdown in communication. The federal government reportedly hired the ISI to help them get in contact with the demonstrators’ leaders, according to the article.

It said that on November 25, 2017, a deal was struck with the ISI’s assistance, and the demonstrators then dispersed.

The study further stated that threats against military officers, Nawaz Sharif, and ministers were made on social media during the sit-in, and the government did nothing to stop them.

The commission stated that Shehbaz Sharif was Punjab’s chief minister at the time of the Faizabad sit-in. At that time, no official or institution was held accountable for the incident by any of the nation’s leaders. “Interference by the military or an agency in a civilian matter seriously affects the institution’s reputation,” stated the statement.

In order to prevent criticism, the group recommended that the army stay out of public affairs. “Handling of civilian affairs is the responsibility of IB and civil administration,” it said.

According to the committee, the Punjabi administration was “negligent and weak,” which contributed to the carnage. It is time to take action to put a stop to violence motivated by religion. The group recommended that the state uphold the constitution, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law without making any concessions.

The commission recommended that before deploying police to Islamabad, they should first be stationed in challenging areas.

“The government is in charge of maintaining public order; other institutions should refrain from interfering. The investigation stated that a zero tolerance strategy is necessary to combat violent extremism.

The inquiry panel, which included senior official Khushal Khan of the Pakistan Administrative Service and former IG Tahir Alam, was led by former IG Syed Akhtar Ali Shah.

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Punjabi bakers decide to charge Rs. 15 for “roti.”




The bread, known as roti, will be sold for Rs 15 by the bakers association.

During their discussion, the association promised Food Minister Bilal Yasin that the rate of roti will be reduced.

The minister was there when Association President Aftab Gul recorded a video message committing to sell rotis for Rs15 each.

According to him, the administration decided to lower the rate of flour. He continued, saying that the group was supporting the government hand in hand to stop inflation.

The price of flour has been drastically lowered, according to Food Minister Bilal, to help the populace. He stated, “the government aimed at providing quality and affordable bread to the masses.”

He said that the recent reduction of Rs 1,200 in the price of flour was the biggest drop in the commodity’s prices in the nation’s history.

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Day four of the AJK inflation protest begins as talks come to a standstill.




Following the collapse of talks between the Awami Action Committee and the AJK government on Sunday, the shutdown strike and protests in Azad Kashmir over rising flour and energy costs started their fourth day on Monday.

The ongoing shutdown and wheeljam strike would continue until their demands are fulfilled, according to the Awami Action Committee.

AAC-led march on state capital Muzaffarabad today has brought the valley to a near stop. The caravans are coming from many AJK cities, and they are headed towards Rawalakot. The march is being caused by the impasse in the negotiations.

Reportedly, the demonstrators have blocked the 40-kilometer Kohala–Muzaffarabad Road, which connects Kohala Town and Muzaffarabad, multiple times.

Traffic on main thoroughfares and roads has decreased, and large police contingents have been stationed at strategic points and roundabouts.

After fighting broke out between the police and demonstrators in Mirpur on Saturday, which left one policeman dead and numerous others injured, the AJK government dispatched Rangers.

Everything is completely suspended, including internet and cellular services, business, and education.

Under the pretext of talks, Awami Action Committee leader Sardar Umar Nazir Kashmiri has charged that the administration is using deceptive methods.

Apart from the flour subsidy, he continues, the administration will not budge on any other demand.


All parties involved have been asked by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Zardari to use moderation and engage in discussions to find a solution. According to both, the demonstrators in Azad Kashmir should have their legitimate demands met.

The issue in AJK will be the topic of a significant meeting that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is calling today, Monday.

The skirmishes between the demonstrators and the AJK police caused anxiety for the premier on Sunday.

Speaking with Chaudhry Anwarul Haq, the prime minister of AJK, he said he also gave the office-bearers of the All-Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in AJK instructions to speak with the leaders of the Awami Action Committee.

Olive Branch is offered by AJK PM.

Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Anwarul Haq stated on Sunday that his administration was ready to lessen the burden of exorbitant grain and energy costs.

Regarding Saturday’s meetings with the demonstrators, Prime Minister Haq declared, “We are determined to implement the agreement we have reached with the Awami Action Committee.”

Politicians, according to Haq, have found solutions to issues through discussion and “we are ready to talk with the Awami Action Committee at any level and the demands related to the government of Pakistan will be raised before the federation.”

In order to ease the burden of rising flour and power prices, he also expressed a willingness to modify the development budget if needed.

The AJK prime minister stated that his government’s first priority was ensuring public safety, and he further stated that no force was applied to the demonstrators.

Sub-inspector Adnan Qureshi was killed in a confrontation with demonstrators in Mirpur, and hundreds of people attended his funeral on Monday.

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Today’s National Assembly session is scheduled.




The National Assembly (NA) will meet today (Monday) at the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari.

At 4:00 p.m., the National Assembly will convene in the federal capital at Parliament House. The meeting’s agenda has been released by the assembly secretariat.

As per Article 54(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President has the authority to call a session of the National Assembly.

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