ISI springs into action over Justice Siddiqui’s ‘controversial’ remarks

09:33 AM | 28 Jul, 2018
ISI springs into action over Justice Siddiqui’s ‘controversial’ remarks
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s top intelligence agency has moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the remarks passed by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui accusing the agency’s officials of influencing the judicial proceedings.

The petition was filed by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) through Deputy Attorney General Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed, stating that the IHC judge, while hearing a missing person case, unnecessarily embroiled it in a controversy.

The appeal, which will be heard by a two-member bench next week, pleaded the court to expunge the adverse remarks of the judge from a judicial order.

The orders caused defamation of the country’s premier agency, army and judiciary at the national and international level as the judge remarks are widely shared on social media.

The ISI also asked the court to impose the cost of litigation on the petitioner for filing an allegedly frivolous petition, Dawn News reported.

A case about alleged abduction of a man named Rabnawaz was filed by his brother Mohammad Iftikhar Raja with the high court, leveling allegations against the ISI.

When Justice Siddiqui took up the case about the alleged missing person, the police produced Rabnawaz before the IHC who informed the court that he went to Vehari on his own. But his brother Iftikhar insisted that Rabnawaz was abducted the the officials of the spy agencies.

On July 18, the high court judge while hearing the case expressed his displeasure over the alleged interference of secret agencies in the state affairs, saying they should focus on the country’s defense.

In the written court orders, Justice Siddqui also appealed to Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa for barring his persons from intervention in the matters of other institutions, adding that the army chief should take notice of the alarming situation, reported an Urdu website.

He claimed “Judges’ lives are in danger as their telephones are being tapped by the officials of the security agencies”.

Addressing a representative of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), who appeared in the court, Justice Siddiqui said: “Your personnel try to form a court bench of their own wish and the army chief should be aware of the misdeeds committed by them”.

“Enforced disappearance of citizens, businessmen, and other influential persons has become a routine in the capital city”, he said in the written orders.

Saying the secret agencies should not cross the constitutional limits, the IHC judge ordered that interference in affairs of the judiciary, executives and other departments should be restrained.

He also ordered to send the copy of court ruling to the army chief, ISI director general, secretary defense and Secretary interior.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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