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Islamabad High Court Judges Move SJC Over Spy Agencies Interference

Islamabad High Court Judges Move SJC Over Spy Agencies Interference

In Islamabad, a group of at least six judges from the Islamabad High Court have approached the judicial body of Pakistan’s superior judiciary to report alleged ‘interference’ by personnel from intelligence agencies.

A letter authored by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Tariq Mahmood Jahangiri, Justice Babar Sattar, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir, and Justice Saman Raffat Imtiaz outlined instances of interference and intimidation by operatives of spy agencies.

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The senior judges emphasized the importance of adhering to judicial norms to address these concerns and safeguard the independence of the judiciary in the nation.

The letter detailed incidents such as the abduction of a judge’s relative by individuals claiming affiliation with intelligence agencies, as well as unauthorized surveillance of judges’ residences.

The judges from the Islamabad High Court underscored the necessity of preserving judicial independence and ensuring that judges are not subject to influence by external agencies.

Additionally, the letter referenced a case where there was disagreement among bench members and highlighted instances where district court judges faced intimidation, including a situation where an Additional District and Sessions Judge received threats and had explosives thrown into his residence to intimidate him.