PTI asks SC to set aside verdict in Faizabad sit-in case

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ISLAMABAD: The PTI has asked the Supreme Court of Pakistan to set aside its Faizabad sit-in case verdict, accusing author judge of being biased.

In its February 6 verdict, the Supreme Court had ordered a crackdown against perpetrators of hate speech and those who incited violence.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa had made strong remarks in the judgment and mentioned the PAT-PTI sit-in protest of 2014 by stating that loud music was played which disturbed people in Islamabad.

Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid also approached the apex court to have his name taken off from the verdict.

“The learned author judge has had such an extreme conviction about the 2014 PTI-PAT dharna at Islamabad and the role of the petitioner and its members that he dragged in the reference of the 2014 sit-in into the matter,” read a petition filed by PTI’s general secretary Arshad Dad.

The petition claimed that the verdict referenced the PTI-PAT protest from 2014 while those who were responsible for it were now sitting in public offices and had not been held accountable.

The petition urged the apex court to set aside the entire verdict as a paragraph had tainted it. The petition said that the conviction of the judge against the petitioner was one-sided and biased.