SC rejects ISI's plea to present alternate security plan

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)’s plea seeking three months to present alternate security plans for the agency’s headquarters near Aabpara, observing that the intelligence agency could not be given liberty to act on their own.

The remarks came when the three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, resumed the hearing of a petition filed by the Ministry of Defence against an Islamabad High Court decision directing authorities to remove barricades in front of the security agency’s HQ.

Top court suspends IHC order to remove barricades in front of security agency HQ

During the hearing, Justice Nisar remarked that the intelligence agency was equipped with resources to remove the barricades within a month. “We cannot give more than four weeks to clear the street. Make a bomb proof wall or shift the headquarters elsewhere,” he remarked.

The top judge stated that the apex court cannot maintain different standards for ISI and the general public. The court summoned Director-General Counter Intelligence General Faiz Hamid and adjourned the hearing for later today.

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