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Pakistan Army asks Supreme Court to take action after judge blames ISI for interference

Pakistan Army asks Supreme Court to take action after judge blames ISI for interference

Islamabad: The Pakistan Army on Sunday asked the Supreme Court to take action, a day after a high court judge accused the country’s powerful ISI spy agency of meddling in the affairs of the judiciary and pressuring the chief justice and other judges to give favourable verdicts.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad high court judge had accused the all-powerful spy agency ISI of meddling in the affairs of the judiciary and pressuring the chief justice and other judges to secure favourable verdicts. The specific allegation is that the ISI was manipulating judicial proceedings in several cases, including that of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif. “Their [ISI] personnel get benches formed at their will,” Justice Siddiqui had alleged.

He had further claimed that the spy agency had approached Islamabad HC Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi and said: “‘We do not want to let Nawaz Sharif and his daughter come out [of the prison] until elections, also do not include Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on the bench [hearing Sharifs’ appeals]’.” Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a statement on Sunday, said that an honourable judge had levelled serious allegations against state institutions, including judiciary and the premier intelligence agency.

In order to safeguard the sanctity and credibility of the state institutions, the Supreme Court has been requested to initiate appropriate process to ascertain the veracity of the allegations and take actions accordingly, he said in the statement. Earlier Chief Justice Saqib Nisar also took serious notice of Justice Siddiqui’s remarks. The top judge also ordered the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to provide the complete record of the speech. Justice Siddiqui also claimed that he was approached by the ISI with an offer to make him the chief justice of the Islamabad High Court.




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