RAWALPINDI – Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has asserted that the judiciary is performing its duties freely without taking any sort of pressure.
During hearing at the Karachi Registry on Sunday, the top judge expressed anger over the allegations-filled statement given by Islamabad High Court’s Justice Shaukat Azizi Siddiqui’ who claimed that a secret agency of the country was interfering in the superior judiciary’s matters.
“I felt saddened to read the statement of an Islamabad judge. As the head of judiciary, I assure you that we are not under any sort of pressure,” the CJP observed.
On July 21, Justice Siddiqui while addressing at Rawalpindi Bar Association alleged that officers of Pakistan’s premier spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), is directly involved into manipulating the judicial affairs in the country.
“I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but I swear on my mother and this Bar that ISI officials instruct the judges to constitute the bench of their own choice,” the judge said.
Mr Siddiqui also claimed that the secret agency’s officials “contacted my chief justice and asked to keep former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in Adiala jail till general elections 2018”.
“My chief justice was asked not to include justice Shaukat in the bench to which my chief replied ‘don’t worry we will form the bench as per your wishes’,” he maintained.
“I was told that if I pass judgments on ‘their’ directives, then the references against me will be withdrawn,” he said.
“I was also assured that I will be made chief justice of Pakistan in September and not even November. But I don’t care about my job, as you do not become a judge through your post but through just ways,” Justice Siddiqui upheld.
Following the allegations, Pakistan Army asked the top court to take action against a Islamabad High Court justice who accused the country’s judiciary and the premier state intelligence agency of meddling in judicial affairs.