The federal authorities rejected former Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) choose Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui’s allegations concerning the manipulation of judicial proceedings by the Inter-Providers Intelligence (ISI).
Further Lawyer Basic Sohail Mahmood submitted a one-page assertion within the Supreme Court docket of Pakistan whereby it acknowledged, “as particular allegations about sure officers of the state have been made within the petition and browse out in court docket, on directions it’s positioned earlier than this court docket that the allegations made are baseless, deceptive and subsequently denied”.
Siddiqui had earlier alleged that senior ISI officers had approached him at his residence to debate the Panamagate case whereby former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was convicted.
A five-judge bigger bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial is listening to the previous choose’s plea towards his elimination.
Justice Siddiqui’s assertion
Earlier, Hamid Khan, the counsel for Siddiqui, learn out the replies submitted with the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). The replies stated that the previous choose had been faraway from the IHC division bench-1 (DB-I) earlier than October 2017.
“The timing makes it apparent that this was a calculated transfer to exclude me from [the] common [division bench] DB-I since appeals concerning the politically delicate Panama Papers case have been to be heard throughout this time. This too after I used to be heading DB-I as Senior Puisne Decide previous to this time”
“On three events, I met the Hon’ble Chief Justice to know the explanations for such an inexplicable flip of occasions, however the reply I obtained was astonishing.”
“On two events, the Hon’ble CJ talked about the pendency of the references towards me earlier than the SJC as a reason behind exclusion and as soon as [on] an order from higher-ups.”
“I replied that you simply persons are not presupposed to take pleasure in such sort of actions as the identical doesn’t fall inside the area of the ISI, however he had different views.”
“He sought permission to depart with the remarks that they’d maintain [the] pending references towards me and likewise indicated that Chief Justice IHC could resign resulting from well being points and in that eventuality, I’ll change into CJ within the month of Sep, 2018 as an alternative of Nov, 2018.”
“Once more, it was surprising for me to know concerning the declare of this official that he was ready to affect the proceedings of the honorable SJC.
“On the second go to, dated 19.07.2018, Maj Gen Faiz Hameed instructed [me] that on passing of order dated 18.07.18 by me, he was summoned by Basic Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Military Employees [COAS] and that his job is at stake as a result of the COAS confirmed nice annoyance and displeasure on his incapacity to deal with a choose of excessive court docket.
“As per him, the COAS directed him to carry a gathering with me to know ‘what Decide sb needs? In [my] reply, I acknowledged that I want nothing besides that every one organs of the state and the respective departments of the manager could stay inside the limits prescribed by the Structure and the legislation of the land.”
“On this, he acknowledged, Sir, it’s higher to forgive bitterness as you’re thought-about as a really upright and constant Pakistani even within the ranks of military besides a couple of people, subsequently, good working relations could also be within the curiosity of Pakistan.”
“I inquired from him that if this repute of mine exists then why have they exercised their affect to make sure that DB-1 headed by me should dissolve the second instances associated to Panama begin to land in IHC?”
“He very frankly conceded that some members of the group coping with the instances have been of the view that Justice Siddiqui is pro-defence and there’s apprehension that he could grant reduction to accused individuals.”
“After I requested how they handle structure of a bench to listen to enchantment towards conviction of Nawaz Sharif, he instructed me that Justice Anwar Khan Kasi, CJ IHC was approached at Quetta by a mutual pal, the place he was requested to represent a division bench not headed by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui.
“Justice Kasi in reply knowledgeable me that he’ll represent a bench to which we’re comfy.”
“He [Major Gen Hameed] additional knowledgeable that they wished assurance that [the] bail plea of accused Nawaz Sharif is just not heard/taken up earlier than the Basic Election dated 25.07.18.”
Thereafter, he acknowledged, “They wished the matter to be introduced earlier than the DB headed by me for attaching some credence to the proceedings.”
“To this, I categorically replied that if, from the fabric introduced on document, I really feel satisfied for enhancement of the sentence, I cannot hesitate in issuing [a] discover for enhancement of the conviction, but when the judgment wouldn’t be sustainable within the sight of legislation, I cannot spoil my hereafter to guard [the] worldly affairs of any.”
“From his manner, I might inform that this reply of mine didn’t please him and he left my residence along-with his companion. On each events, Main Hameed got here on an official automobile of the ICT administration.”
“The statements made by DG ISI and the unfolding of occasions on the bottom clearly substantiate the disclosure of information by me to the Rawalpindi bar as a gospel reality,” the assertion concluded.