Executive meddling in judicial affairs won’t be tolerated, Pak Chief Justice tells PM Shehbaz

Executive meddling in judicial affairs won't be tolerated, Pak Chief Justice tells PM Shehbaz Image/X@TheSaadKaiser
Executive meddling in judicial affairs won't be tolerated, Pak Chief Justice tells PM Shehbaz Image/X@TheSaadKaiser
Executive meddling in judicial affairs won't be tolerated, Pak Chief Justice tells PM Shehbaz Image/X@TheSaadKaiser
Executive meddling in judicial affairs won't be tolerated, Pak Chief Justice tells PM Shehbaz Image/X@TheSaadKaiser

Executive meddling in judicial affairs won’t be tolerated, Pak Chief Justice tells PM Shehbaz

Executive meddling in judicial affairs won’t be tolerated, Pak Chief Justice tells PM Shehbaz

Executive meddling in judicial affairs won’t be tolerated, Pak Chief Justice tells PM Shehbaz

Islamabad [Pakistan], March 29 (ANI): Following the allegations posed by high court judges claiming interference by intelligence agencies in judicial processes, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Qazi Faez Isa, reaffirmed the sanctity of the judiciary, declaring that under no circumstances would the autonomy of judges be compromised, The Express Tribune reported on Thursday.

CJP gave this statement after meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at the Supreme Court on Thursday, attended by Federal Minister for Law Azam Nazeer Tarar and Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan.

The meeting, convened in the wake of startling revelations by six judges of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) regarding alleged interference by intelligence agencies in judicial proceedings, marked a pivotal moment in the ongoing saga surrounding judicial integrity.

Just days ago, the aforementioned judges penned an open letter, detailing coercive tactics employed by intelligence agencies to influence court proceedings.Responding swiftly to the gravity of the situation, CJP Qazi Faez Isa called for a series of high-level consultations, culminating in today’s meeting with the prime minister.

A subsequent press release from the apex court outlined the meticulous deliberations undertaken in response to the IHC judges’ letter, The Express Tribune reported. During the meeting, CJP Isa emphasised the pivotal role of an independent judiciary in upholding the rule of law and fortifying democracy.

He unequivocally stated that any executive interference in the affairs and workings of judges would not be tolerated, highlighting the indispensable nature of judicial autonomy.In a significant development, a proposal was tabled to constitute an inquiry commission under the Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Act, 2017, to delve into the allegations of interference.

The commission, to be headed by a retired Judge of unblemished integrity, aims to unravel the complexities surrounding the issue and safeguard judicial independence. PM Sharif, in response, pledged his full support for the initiative, vowing to convene a meeting of the federal cabinet to seek approval for the commission’s formation. He echoed the sentiments expressed by CJP Isa, affirming his commitment to upholding an independent judiciary and undertaking necessary measures to safeguard its autonomy.

The Express Tribune reported that following the meeting, CJP Isa reconvened a full court meeting to apprise the judges of the developments. The swift and decisive actions taken by the judiciary and the executive have underscored the seriousness with which the issue of judicial independence is being addressed.

In the aftermath of the revelations, bar associations across the country rallied behind the judges, sounding the alarm over the perceived threat to judicial independence. The collective response reflects a unified front in defence of the judiciary’s autonomy amidst a charged political climate, where recent court rulings have come under intense scrutiny. (ANI). 

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by VoM News staff and is published from syndicated feed)

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