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PM, CJP meeting on letter issue tomorrow

By News Desk

March 27, 2024 11:11 PM


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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will meet Chief Justice Qazi Faiz on the letter issue tomorrow ( March 27), 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Wednesday.

According to sources, PM Shehbaz with Law Minister Nazir Tarar and Attorney General of Pakistan Mansoor Awan will go to the Supreme Court to meet the top judge tomorrow at 2 o'clock.

The meeting is scheduled after the CJP sent a message to PM Shehbaz over the matter of the letter written by six judges of Islamabad High Court on ‘interference in judicial affairs’, they added. The sources said Justice Mansoor Ali Shah will also participate in the meeting.

Earlier, a full court session of SC judges summoned by the top judge deliberated upon the matter. In the meeting, various judges expressed their opinions on the letter, the sources added

The six IHC judges yesterday wrote a letter seeking guidance from the Supreme Judicial Council on doing duty during ‘interference with free and fair justice delivery’ after the top court declared the dismissal of IHC judge Shaukat Aziz illegal.

The move prompted calls from various judicial system parts for a probe into allegations of ‘interference in judicial affairs’.

The Pakistan Bar Council called for creating a committee to investigate the allegations of interference with judicial affairs

In a statement, the council said the SJC  is not the forum to investigate such allegations. The CJP should form a committee consisting of three senior judges of the Supreme Court. The independence of the judiciary cannot be compromised."

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) said the allegations required “serious actions by the judiciary as an institution”.

“Such issues should be addressed in a befitting manner and any apprehensions/misgivings which might be in the minds of honourable judges should be adequately addressed,” SCBA President Shahzad Shaukat said.

In an open letter, SCBA Additional Secretary Sardar Shahbaz Ali Khosa urged CJP to take suo motu notice of the matter under Article 184(3) of the Constitution and conduct a “thorough and transparent hearing” of the case.

He also highlighted a “recent crackdown on journalists and media outlets who have reported on these alleged interferences”. He urged CJP Isa to summon prominent journalists across Pakistan to detail the “extent of interference and coercion that the free press is being meted to on an everyday basis”.

The IHC Bar Association (IHCBA) demanded the CJP hold a “transparent inquiry” into the matter and that legal action be taken against those involved.

The Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) demanded “immediate action against those intelligence agencies and personnel involved in such nefarious activities.

The Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) demanded that a judicial commission comprising three SC judges be formed to “investigate and probe the allegations and take firm steps to stop such interference”.

The Balochistan Bar Council also called on CJP Isa to take a suo motu notice of the allegations. In a press release, the council expressed concerns over the matter and said the alleged interference in judicial matters was “condemnable and unacceptable in any circumstances”.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council (KPBC) expressed “concern and reservation” over the alleged judicial interference described in the judges’ letter.

 

News Desk


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