Commission to probe spy agencies’ interference in judiciary after PM-CJP meeting

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ISLAMABAD: After a high-level meeting with Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday decided to constitute a commission to probe into allegations levelled by the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) judges against the country’s spy agencies of interfering in judicial matters.

The premier-CJP huddle comes after six judges of the IHC — Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, Justice Babar Sattar, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir, and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz — wrote to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to convene a judicial convention over the matter of the alleged interference of members of the executive, including operatives of intelligence agencies, in judicial affairs.

“PM Shehbaz assured CJP Isa that no compromise will be made on the judiciary’s independence,” Federal Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar said in a press conference after the key meeting today.