Rawalpindi Bar condemns Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiui speech

Rawalpindi Bar condemns Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiui speech

RAWALPINDIN - The District Bar Association of Rawalpindi on Monday distanced itself from Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui's speech in which he accused ISI of meddling in judicial affairs.

While addressing the Rawalpindi bar on Saturday, the IHC judge had claimed that personnel of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) were manipulating judicial proceedings.

Amidst chants of "*shame!*" from members of the bar and other attendees, he had claimed that the spy agency had approached IHC Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi and said: "'We do not want to let Nawaz Sharif and his daughter come out [of the prison] until elections; do not include Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on the bench [hearing the Sharifs' appeals]'."

Justice Siddiqui had offered no evidence to support the claims he made.

Addressing a joint press conference on Monday, the bar's president, Khurram Masood Kayani, and Secretary General Raja Amir said Justice Siddiqui's speech had nothing to do with the bar.

They said the senior IHC judge had been invited to the bar to speak to young lawyers about legal ethics, but that he "started mocking institutions in a speech".

The bar condemns the speech against state institutions, the office-bearers said.

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