Pakistan Lawyers Protest Supreme Court's Handling of Justice Qazi Faez Isa Case

Lawyers in Pakistan file pleas in the Supreme Court to address alleged interference by intelligence agencies in judicial affairs, raising concerns about the independence and integrity of the judiciary.

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Pakistan Lawyers Protest Supreme Court's Handling of Justice Qazi Faez Isa Case

Pakistan Lawyers Protest Supreme Court's Handling of Justice Qazi Faez Isa Case

Lawyers' bodies in Pakistan have filed pleas in the Supreme Court requesting the establishment of a full court to hear allegations of interference in judicial matters by intelligence agencies. The pleas call for the annulment of the government's one-man commission formed to probe the allegations and demand that those who interfere in judicial matters be strictly punished.

The Supreme Court is set to resume the hearing in the suo motu case on the Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges' letter complaining of interference in judicial affairs by intelligence agencies on April 29, 2024. The IHC judges had previously demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan to convene a Judicial Convention to consider the matter. The Supreme Court has taken the issue very seriously and has hinted that the suo motu case might be heard by a full court in the future.

The Balochistan Bar Council and Balochistan High Court Bar Association filed identical petitions, arguing that such actions by intelligence agencies are unconstitutional and a threat to the rule of law, access to justice, and the independence of the judiciary. They demanded that the federal government be directed to deal with those involved in such unlawful acts according to the law and ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.

Why this matters: The alleged interference by intelligence agencies in judicial affairs raises serious concerns about the independence and integrity of Pakistan's judiciary. The outcome of this case could have significant implications for the rule of law and the balance of power between the judiciary, executive, and military in the country.

The IHC has also unanimously decided to give an "institutional response" to any meddling in the court's affairs. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the suo motu case regarding the letter written by the six IHC judges on April 29, 2024, the nation awaits a resolution to this contentious issue that strikes at the heart of Pakistan's judicial system and the principles of justice and fairness.

Key Takeaways

  • Lawyers in Pakistan seek full court hearing on alleged interference in judiciary
  • Supreme Court to resume suo motu case on IHC judges' letter on April 29, 2024
  • Balochistan Bar Council and BHCBA file petitions against unconstitutional actions
  • Alleged interference raises concerns about judiciary's independence and integrity
  • IHC to give "institutional response" to any meddling in court affairs