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Pakistan High Court Judge Sacked For Mocking Country's Intelligence Agency ISI

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| October 12 , 2018 , 13:34 IST

A Judge of the Pakistan High Court was removed from his post on Thursday after he publicly accused the country's intelligence service of manipulating judicial decisions to influence the last general election.

According to media reports, Pakistan President Arif Alvi sacked a high court judge on after a high-level constitutional body recommended his removal for making a scathing speech against the country's intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) had recommended to remove the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, who was facing a case of alleged misconduct over his controversial speech.

Justice Siddiqui while addressing the Rawalpindi District Bar Association in July alleged that the ISI was manipulating judicial proceedings to constitute panel of judges to get favourable decisions.

As per a report in a leading Pakistani Newspaper, the notification signed by the law secretary states, “The President of Pakistan has been pleased to remove Mr Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, Judge Islamabad High Court, from his office with immediate effect.”

During the 70-year judicial history of Pakistan, Justice Siddiqui became the second judge against whom the SJC passed negative opinion.

The SJC after hearing the case issued its decision on Thursday, asking Prime Minister Imran Khan to remove Siddique as his conduct was unbecoming of a judge.