ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court administration has sought suggestions from the judges of IHC and subordinate judiciary by April 25 to counter the alleged meddling of intelligence agencies in judicial affairs.

Sources in the judicial bureaucracy told Dawn that in compliance with the Supreme Court order passed in the suo motu proceedings initiated on a letter of six IHC judges, the administration sought suggestions, proposals from the judges to counter external interference in judicial matters.

In its April 3 order, the SC had asked the Pakistan Bar Council, Supreme Court Bar Association, high courts and the federal government to suggest institutional response and mechanism to address issues like the ones raised in the letter [of IHC judges] and ensure that such issues do not arise in future.

The IHC registrar’s office sought the judges’ proposal by April 25, the deadline initially set by the apex court. The administration would then submit a consolidated report to the SC, the sources said.

In their letter, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, Justice Babar Sattar, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan, Justice Arbab Mohammad Tahir and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz had hinted at the alleged involvement of ISI in judicial matters.

Published in Dawn, April 20th, 2024

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