Full court of SC takes up allegations against intelligence officials

Supreme Court initiate deliberations on a letter by six judges of Islamabad High Court.

ISLAMABAD: A full court of the Supreme Court of Pakistan has been formed into allegations made by six of the eight judges of Islamabad High Court against intelligence officials for intimidating and interfering in judicial matters.

The six judges of the high court in their statements endorsed a demand by former Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui to probe his allegations of interference in judicial matters by the ISI.

Justice Siddiqui was sacked by the Supreme Judicial Council over his allegations in October 2018. However, the Supreme Court recently nullified the sacking of the judge.

The high court justices in their letter to the Supreme Judicial Council narrated attempts to pressure them through abduction and torture of their relatives as well as secret surveillance inside their homes.

The six judges are: Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, Justice Babar Sattar, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz.

The bar associations of IHC, Lahore High Court and Balochistan High Court demanded an investigation into the judges allegations against ISI and action against the officials of the intelligence agency involved.

After consultation with the attorney general of Pakistan, Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa decided to constitute a full court.

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