Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The supreme judicial council on Friday dismissed the allegations levelled against Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, the chief justice of the Islamabad High Court.

In its judgment, the supreme judicial council stated that no proceedings could be initiated against the said judge on the basis of the code of conduct.

According to a communique issued by the supreme court, the chief justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar convened an 11-member meeting of the judges on Thursday and reviewed four charges levelled against the judge.

‘The supreme judicial council unanimously announces that a case could not be lodged against the said judge in the pretext of the code of conduct,’ stated the press release.

Justice Shaukat Siddiqui removed from IHC after President’s approval

The directives cam a day after the same body, which monitors the conduct of the judges of the superior judiciary, recommended the removal of Islamabad High Court’s Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui who had alleged the spy agencies of meddling in judicial affairs.

Following the submission of summary, President Arif Alvi approved removing the said judge who now mulls to challenge the dismissal before the apex court.

“Consequent upon proceedings under article 209(5) and recommendations of the Supreme Judicial Council of Pakistan under article 209 (6) read with article 48 (1) of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973, the President has been pleased to remove Mr. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, Judge, Islamabad High Court from his office with immediate effect,” read the notification.

Addressing an audience at the bar a few months back, Justice Siddiqui had claimed that personnel of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) were manipulating judicial proceedings.

He had further claimed that the spy agency had approached IHC Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi and said: “‘We do not want to let Nawaz Sharif and his daughter come out [of the prison] until elections, do not include Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on the bench [hearing Sharifs’ appeals]’.”