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    Pakistani High Court Judges Accuse Intelligence Agencies of Meddling in Judicial Affairs: Allegations Spark Concerns Over Judicial Independence

    Pakistani High Court Six Pak high court judges allege intelligence agencies’ interference in judicial matters

    Pakistani High Court Islamabad, In an unprecedented move, six judges of the Islamabad High Court sought intervention by the Supreme Judicial Council against the alleged interference in the working of the judiciary by Pakistan’s powerful intelligence agencies.

    A letter signed by six Islamabad High Court judges demanded the SJC initiate a judicial convention against such interference in judicial affairs.

    The six judges who signed the March 25 dated letter include Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, Justice Babar Sattar, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir, and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz.

    The letter also advocated adopting a stance to ensure the judiciary’s independence through the convention.

    The SJC is the highest body authorised to take action against judges of high and supreme courts.

    “We are writing to seek guidance from the Supreme Judicial Council with regard to the duty of a judge to report and respond to actions on part of members of the executive, including operatives of intelligence agencies, that seek to interfere with discharge of his/ her official functions and qualify as intimidation, as well as the duty to report any such actions that come to his/her attention in relation to colleagues and/or members of the courts that the High Court supervises,” the letter stated.

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