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Ex-CJP Tassaduq Hussain Jillani to ‘head’ probe commission

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Former chief justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani. — APP/file

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Saturday “approved” constitution of an inquiry commission over allegations of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges and appointed former chief justice of Pakistan Justice (retired) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as its head, Geo News reported citing sources.

The sources said the one-member commission would hold inquiry into the allegations levelled by the judges in a letter. 

The IHC judges — Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, Justice Babar Sattar, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir, and Justice Saman Fafat Imtiaz — had on March 26 sent a letter to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), urging it to convene a judicial convention over the alleged interference of intelligence agencies in judicial affairs.

In response to the letter, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa had on March 28 said that meddling by the executive in the affairs and “judicial workings of Judges will not be tolerated” come what may. 

He had said this during a meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at the Supreme Court in Islamabad. The chief justice and PM had agreed in the meeting to form an inquiry commission.

A five-point agenda of the federal cabinet meeting, presided by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, was issued which included discussion of the said letter and approval for setting up of an investigation commission on the allegations levelled in the letter. 

The cabinet meeting was held on Zoom as most of the ministers participated online.

Earlier, the cabinet meeting was postponed twice due to the prime minister’s busy schedule. 


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