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IHC CJ Farooq summons full court on judges letter

Judges will meet on Tuesday (tomorrow)
A convoy of Pakistani army passes the Islamabad High Court building in Islamabad on August 29, 2023. AFP
A convoy of Pakistani army passes the Islamabad High Court building in Islamabad on August 29, 2023. AFP

Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Aamer Farooq has summoned a full court meeting on the letter written by six IHC judges on Tuesday, sources said. judges are scheduled to meet at 1:30pm tomorrow.

This comes two days after the high court sought suggestions from all judges, including district and sessions court, by Monday on the letter.

In a letter to the five members of the Supreme Judicial Council, six out of eight IHC judges demanded a judicial convention be summoned over the alleged interference of intelligence agencies and the executive in the judiciary.

“We believe that individual judges must not be required to be as brave as Justice Qazi Faez Isa, the chief justice of Pakistan, to fight persecution at the hands of the executive on their own, or as resolute as Justice Siddiqui, to continue to fight a wrong for personal vindication long after removal from office,” said the 12-page letter sent last month to the SJC.

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The six judges who signed the letter are Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, Justice Babar Sattar, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir, and Justice Rafat Imtiaz.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court in its order of the first proceedings of the suo motu proceedings of the meddling case sought proposals from the main stakeholders in the judicial system and the independence of the judiciary ie the Pakistan Bar Council, the Supreme Court Bar Association, the high courts, and the federal government.

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