PM Shehbaz meets CJP Isa amid IHC judges’ letter controversy

In Local
March 28, 2024

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting on Thursday with Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa at the Supreme Court to discuss the startling revelations made by six Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges about interference of intelligence agencies in judicial matters.

Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar and Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan were also present during the meeting.

On Wednesday, the SC held a full-court meeting to discuss the contents of the IHC judges’ letter written to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on Tuesday.

Six of the eight IHC judges accused intelligence agencies of using coercive tactics to influence court proceedings.

The judges penned this open letter days after a Supreme Court bench led by Justice Isa set aside an SJC notification that resulted in the dismissal of IHC former senior puisne judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui.

A meeting was also held between the Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP), Mansoor Awan, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar and CJP Isa.The judicial trio discussed the letter by the six IHC judges. Throwing its weight behind the judges, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) reiterated its “unwavering support for the judiciary as an institution and for the Honorable Judges of the Islamabad High Court”.

The apex body of jurists underscored the gravity of the allegations, emphasising the need for decisive action from the judiciary. The SCBAP not only condemned the alleged interference but also stated that it “requires serious actions by the judiciary as an institution”.

It is learnt that both the officials expressed concern about the timing of the letter, noting that the incidents mentioned in the letter took place last year.

Bar associations across the country rallied behind the judges, sounding the alarm over the alleged threat to judicial independence amid fears that recent court rulings, handed down in the charged political climate, were thrust into doubts.





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