CJP summons full court meeting to deliberate upon letter by IHC judges

CJP summons full court meeting to deliberate upon letter by IHC judges

Islamabad: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa on Wednesday summoned a full court meeting of the apex court over the letter written by the six Islamabad High Court judges.

According to sources, the meeting will deliberate upon the letter by the IHC judges regarding the alleged interference of spy agencies in judiciary.

In a letter, addressed to SJC members — Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa, Supreme Court Justices Mansoor Ali Shah and Munib Akhtar and IHC CJ Aamer Farooq and Peshawar High Court CJ Mohammad Ibrahim Khan — also questioned if there existed a state policy to “intimidate” and coerce judges.

The six judges,  include Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, Justice Babar Sattar, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz, also supported the demand of the former IHC judge, Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, for a probe into the allegations of interference.

"We, therefore, request that a judicial convention be called to consider the matter of interference of intelligence operatives with judicial functions and/or intimidation of judges in a manner that undermines the independence of the judiciary.”

The open letter, a copy which has been sent to all SC judges, notes that such a convention might provide further information as to whether judges of other high courts have had experiences similar.

“Such institutional consultation might then assist the Supreme Court to consider how best to protect independence of the judiciary, put in place a mechanism to affix liability for those who undermine such independence and clarify for the benefit of individual judges the course of action they must take when they find themselves at the receiving end of interference and/or intimidation by members of the executive.”