IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui grills ISI

IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui grills ISI

ISLAMABAD - Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on Wednesday criticised the alleged interference of the country's intelligence agencies in the affairs of the judiciary, media and the executive, warning that such an intrusion may eventually lead to a "big loss".

Justice Siddiqui, who is the senior puisne judge of the IHC, made the observations while wrapping up a case concerning two missing brothers who were allegedly disappeared by a spy agency.

The judge is currently facing trial in a reference on misconduct moved in the Supreme Judicial Council on the complaint by a retired employee of the Capital Development Authority for alleged refurbishment of official residence beyond entitlement.

Justice Siddiqui also made headlines last year when he criticised Agencies for their role as the "mediator" in the agreement that led to an end of the sit-in by religious groups at Islamabad's Faizabad Interchange in November.

"Who is the army to adopt a mediator's role?" the judge had questioned at the time. "Where does the law assign this role to a major general?"

In the order sheet issued after today's hearing, Justice Siddiqui not only censured Islamabad police for their failure to protect citizens from enforced disappearances, but also criticised intelligence agencies, especially Inter-Services Intelligence, for allegedly exceeding their sanctioned mandate.