Army asks top court to initiate probe into allegations levelled by Justice Siddiqui

KARACHI / ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army has requested the country’s top court to initiate appropriate process to ascertain the veracity of the allegations levelled by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui – the Islamabad High Court judge.

A statement issued on Sunday by the military’s media wing said that a judge of the IHC had levelled serious allegations against state institutions including the judiciary and intelligence agency.

“In order to safeguard the sanctity and credibility of the state institutions, Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan has been requested to initiate appropriate process to ascertain the veracity of the allegations and take actions accordingly,” added the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

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Earlier  in the day, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of Justice Siddiqui’s speech which he made during an event hosted by the Rawalpindi Bar Association on Saturday where he alleged that the country’s premier intelligence agency manipulated judicial proceedings.

The top judge has called for complete record of Justice Siddiqui’s speech from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra).

While hearing cases at the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry, Justice Nisar remarked that he was deeply saddened by IHC judge’s comments. Asserting that the judiciary was under no pressure, he said the judges have complete faith in the supremacy of law and worked in accordance with the Constitution.

In his speech, Justice Siddiqui claimed that the Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, had approached the IHC chief justice seeking assurance that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar would remain behind the bars until July 25 – the election day.

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Furthermore, he had alleged how judges of superior and subordinate courts gave in to pressure from the agency, especially, in the proceedings against the members of the Sharif family.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, legal experts said the latest speech may lead to contempt proceedings against Justice Siddiqui. He may also be suspended from carrying out judicial responsibilities, they added.

Justice Siddiqui is currently facing a misconduct reference.

In February, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) served another show-cause notice on Justice Siddiqui for questioning the role of the army in the matter relating to the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Faizabad sit-in last year. Later, the judge submitted a reply in this regard but the council rejected it.

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