A senior judge of the Islamabad High Court was sacked by the President of Pakistan after a high-level constitutional body recommended his removal for making a speech against the country’s powerful spy agency ISI.
According to a report in the Dawn, The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) had recommended to remove Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, who was facing a case of alleged misconduct over his controversial speech targeting the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
while addressing the Rawalpindi District Bar Association on July 21 Siddiqui had said, “In today’s era, the ISI is fully involved in manipulating judicial proceedings,” Justice Siddiqui alleged, in a speech delivered before the Rawalpindi District Bar Association. “Their personnel get benches formed at their will,” the Dawn had earlier reported.
The army had asked the chief justice of Pakistan to take the notice of the remarks after IHC chief justice Anwar Kansi rejected the allegations against Siddique.
The matter was referred to the SJC, which is the body to take up complaints against judges of higher courts and also recommend punitive actions including removal from judiciary.