ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday issued a written verdict on a suo moto of the Faizabad sit-in staged by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) at Faizabad Interchange in 2017.

The 43-page verdict, uploaded onto the SC website, has been penned by Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

In the verdict, the court ordered federal and provincial governments to closely monitor religious extremists.

As per the written judgement, Justice Isa remarked that the May 12 incident encouraged a new wave of violence in the country and several top politicians were responsible for that massacre. Strict measures should be taken against those who promote violence in the country, the top court ordered in its verdict.

It also directed to take strict measures against the TV channels involved in airing controversial content as per the Pemra rules.

According to the verdict, registering a political party and protesting is a fundamental right, but a protest should not put lives of others at risk.

Every registered party is bound to declare the source of income but TLP is failed to do so and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should take action against it.

Copies of the written verdict have been sent to the government of Pakistan, Chief of Army Staff, DG ISI, DG IB, secretaries of defence and interior.

It is pertinent to mention here that TLP had staged a sit-in at Faizabad interchange after an amendment in oath for the finality of Prophethood (PBUH) in which several people lost their lives.

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