An agency approached IHC to ensure Sharifs remain in jail until elections: Justice Siddiqui

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An agency approached IHC to ensure Sharifs remain in jail until elections: Justice Siddiqui

ISLAMABAD - Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui has claimed that an agency approached the IHC Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi to ensure that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz remain in jail till the elections.

While addressing at the Rawalpindi Bar Association, Justice Shaukat said that the IHC judge was approached by an agency and they “did not want Nawaz Sharif and his daughter out of the prison until after the elections.” So the agency asked the IHC chief justice to “not include Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on the bench that would hear Sharifs’ appeals.”

The IHC judge also stated that the judiciary is equally responsible for the current prevailing situation in the country. Justice Shaukat said, “The judiciary and institutions are equally responsible for the situation in the country. “Every time I pass a judgment in some crucial case, a campaign starts claiming that there are corruption charges against me,” he said.

I want to present myself for accountability for a while now, as only the bar can hold me accountable and there have been no corruption charges against me till date, he further stated.

“I humbly request the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to conduct an open trial against me and invite lawyers to see if there is any truth in the corruption allegations. If any corruption charges are proven I will resign,” Justice Siddiqui continued.

Justice Siddiqui, with complete confidence, said, “I do not care about my job as one cannot become a judge through the post by through just ways.”