IHC judge cancels official visit over ‘threats’ to family

IHC judge cancels official visit over ‘threats’ to family My Country
IHC judge cancels official visit over ‘threats’ to family My Country
IHC judge cancels official visit over ‘threats’ to family My Country

Justice Siddiqui was going to the United Kingdom to attend a workshop on human rights, organised by the Hull University, UK.

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On Thursday, advocate general for Islamabad Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri informed the court that IHC Chief Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi had denied the allegations of outside interference in judicial affairs.

Subse­quently, an IHC division bench had expunged the remarks of Justice Siddiqui from the order sheet.

Justice Siddiqui is also facing a reference in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) for excessive spending on renovation of his official residence. The SJC had on July 30 decided on day-to-day proceedings against Justice Siddiqui in the reference, but adjourned them sine die after the attorney general expressed his inability to proceed since the evidence was prepared by Maulvi Anwarul Haq, a senior counsel who was abroad then.

However, the SJC had on July 31 issued another show-cause notice to Justice Siddiqui for hurling allegations against the ISI and sought his reply by Aug 28.

The judge, on the other hand, expressed his inability to attend the workshop in a letter written to the IHC chief justice. The letter stated: “I was nominated by your goodself to attend a workshop “Human Rights and the Rule of Law” … due to the fact of fresh show-cause notice dated July 31, 2018 by the Hon’ble Supreme Judicial Council and for the fact that there are serious life threats to myself and my family, I do not find it appropriate to leave my family in a state of fear and stress.”

Justice Siddiqui also requested that his nomination be recalled and the organisers be informed accordingly.(Dawn)

IHC judge cancels official visit over ‘threats’ to family My Country