IHC letter; SC holds full court session

ISLAMABAD: Bar associations across Pakistan have demanded the Supreme Court’s (SC) intervention over the letter written by six Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges regarding the interference of spy agencies in judicial functions.

In response to the demands, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa convened a full court session.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar will also hold a meeting with CJP Isa and senior judge Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah. The meeting will take place at the Supreme Court at 2pm.

Earlier, a meeting was also held between Attorney General for Pakistan Mansoor Awan, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar and CJP Isa. The judicial trio discussed the letter by the six IHC judges.

The Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan (SCBAP) threw its weight behind the judges and reiterated its “unwavering support for the judiciary as an institution and for the Honorable Judges of the Islamabad High Court”.

The SCBAP not only condemned the alleged interference but also stated that it “requires serious actions by the judiciary as an institution”.