Faizabad sit-in case: Gen (retd) Faiz Hameed ‘agrees’ to record statement


Gen (retd) Faiz Hameed

ISLAMABAD: Inter-Services Intelligence’s former director-general Gen (etd) Faiz Hameed has conditionally agreed to record his statement before the commission investigating the 2017 Faizabad sit-in case.

The commission has summoned Faiz Hameed to record his statement.

According to sources, he has agreed to testify before the commission but only at an undisclosed location, official sources told Hum Investigation Team.

According to the sources, Gen (retd) Hameed wants to record his statement in a secret place because of security concerns. He has already received two notices from the commission, but he did not appear before it for the same reason. He has now promised to testify before the commission at a clandestine place at all costs, the sources said.

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The commission has also called former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif to give his statement, but he did not show up on Wednesday. Sources said both Hameed and Sharif are expected to record their statements later this week.

The commission is probing the Faizabad sit-in, which was staged by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) against a change in the oath of lawmakers regarding the finality of Prophethood (SAW). The sit-in ended after the government reached an agreement with the protesters, which involved the resignation of the then law minister Zahid Hamid.

The commission has already recorded the statement of Maj-Gen Naveed Azhar, the former director general of Punjab Rangers. He said they distributed Rs1,000 per person to the TLP workers on the orders of the federal government and the Ministry of Interior. The money was meant to help the protesters return to their homes, he told the commission.

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