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PDM’s objections to the judges of the Audio Leaks Inquiry Commission are rejected

3 judges will not be separated from Audio Leaks Inquiry Commission, Supreme Court, PDM objections rejected

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan rejected the previous government’s objections to the bench of judges in the Audio Leaks Inquiry Commission.

The Supreme Court delivered its reserved judgment on June 6, 3 months after the previous government set up a commission to probe the 9 alleged audios.

The Supreme Court in its judgment said that the objections raised are an attack on the independence of the judiciary.

The PDM government had impeached three judges of the larger bench of the Supreme Court.

It should be noted that the government had formed a 3-member commission under the chairmanship of Justice Qazi Faiz Isa to inquire into the alleged audios. The commission also included Chief Justice Islamabad High Court and Chief Justice Balochistan High Court.

On May 26, a 5-member larger bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice, had stopped the 3-member judicial commission investigating the alleged audio leaks from working on the petitions of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and others.

Larger bench formation
Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandyal constituted a 5-member larger bench to hear the petitions filed against the commission investigating the alleged audio leaks.

The petition was filed against the Judicial Commission by Chairman PTI Imran Khan, President Supreme Court Bar Abid Zubiri, Riaz Hanif Rahi and Muqtadar Shabbir.

What position was adopted in the petitions?
Imran Khan had requested in the constitutional petition filed through Advocate Babarawan that the notification of formation of the Judicial Commission should be annulled.

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Supreme Court Bar President Abid Zuberi also channeled the summoning notice on behalf of the Audio Leaks Commission and made the Federation, Audio Leaks Commission, PEMRA and PTA parties to the petition. He said that the notification is a violation of the constitution.

Abid Zuberi had taken the stand in the petition that no citizen can be spied on or phone tapped, the notification of the Audio Leak Commission is a violation of Article 9, 14, 18, 19, 25, the commission’s formation, orders and proceedings are unconstitutional. To be declared.

People involved in AudioLeaks
On the orders of Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, the head of the investigation commission, the previous federal government had submitted the transcript of the alleged audios to the inquiry commission with the signature of the authorized officer. A total of 8 audios were submitted which included details of names, positions and available contact numbers.

According to the sources, the Attorney General’s Office prepared a list of names related to the 8 alleged audios, in which the names of former Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Zalhi, Imran Khan, former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, current Chief Justice’s Khushdaman Mah Jebin Noon, journalist Abdul Qayyum Siddiqui, PTI The names of Jamshed Cheema, lawyer Khawaja Tariq Rahim and his wife Rafia Tariq were also included.

Apart from this, according to the list, the name of President Supreme Court Bar Abid Zubiri, former Chief Justice’s son Najam Saqib and Abu Zar Maqsood Chadhar and a serving judge of the Supreme Court were also included.

On May 20, the government constituted a judicial commission to investigate the audio leaks of the judges, headed by the senior judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, the other 2 members include Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Naeem Akhtar Afghan and Chief Justice Islamabad. High Court Amir Farooq was involved.

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In the notification issued in this regard, it was said that the Judicial Commission will investigate the audio leaks of the former Chief Minister Punjab along with the present judge of the Supreme Court and a lawyer.

The current Chief Justice, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the son-in-law of the Chief Justice of the High Court will also decide to investigate the audio leaks and hold those responsible accountable according to the law. The commission will also see which agency can hold those responsible accountable.

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