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Judges’ letter: Supreme Court to reopen suo motu case hearing



The Islamabad High Court’s six judges wrote a letter accusing the nation’s intelligence services of interfering in judicial matters. The Supreme Court has now restarted the case’s suo motu hearing.

Judges of the high courts will present their ideas for consideration to a six-member bigger bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa during the showdown.

The high court judges have accused the nation’s intelligence agencies of interfering in judicial matters. Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Anwar is expected to respond to these accusations and offer recommendations.

The supreme court received proposals from judges of the Islamabad High Court and provincial high courts during the previous session.

These suggestions must be made public, per the court’s order.

A secret agency may use the AGP to file a response, the court said, if it wished to reply.

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and other parties were also requested by the court to provide their responses with recommendations on the matter by May 7.

Justices Mansoor Ali Shah, Musarrat Hilali, Athar Minallah, Jamal Mandokhail, and Naeem Akhtar Afnan make up the six-judge panel that is presiding over the suo motu proceedings. Chief Justice Isa is not one of them.

Offers for IHC Submits

After six high court judges complained of suspected intelligence agency meddling in their cases, the Islamabad High Court convened a full court conference on April 27 and sent its recommendations to the Supreme Court.

Every single one of the IHC judges suggested that all high court, session, and civil court judges report to their senior judges in the event of any interference.

Under the guidelines, judges will be held accountable for wrongdoing if they do not report interference within seven days.

According to the guidelines, a session judge will receive reports from civil judges about incidents of interference, and the high court inspection judge will subsequently be notified. After then, the chief justice of the high court would be consulted by the inspection judge.

Whether to consider the subject administratively or judicially should be decided ultimately by the high court administrative committee, according to the judges’ proposal.

The administrative committee may also, given the gravity of the matter, submit the case to the entire court, and in the end, the high court may use its own judgment to address contempt of court in compliance with institutional agreements, as indicated in the recommendations.


A letter citing “interference of intelligence agencies in judicial matters” was sent to the Supreme Judicial Council on March 25 by six justices of the Islamabad High Court.

Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, Justice Babar Sattar, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir, and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz were among these judges.

A full court hearing on the subject was alluded to by the Supreme Court in April when it took suo motu notice. Prior to it, Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, the former chief judge, refused to start any proceedings for the one-man inquiry commission that the federal government had established.

CJP Isa then asked all of the IHC justices for their opinions on whether the whole court should be called to discuss this important matter.

The proposals were drafted by the IHC judges jointly, following a conference called by Chief Justice Aamer Farooq last week.

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Punjabi bakers decide to charge Rs. 15 for “roti.”




The bread, known as roti, will be sold for Rs 15 by the bakers association.

During their discussion, the association promised Food Minister Bilal Yasin that the rate of roti will be reduced.

The minister was there when Association President Aftab Gul recorded a video message committing to sell rotis for Rs15 each.

According to him, the administration decided to lower the rate of flour. He continued, saying that the group was supporting the government hand in hand to stop inflation.

The price of flour has been drastically lowered, according to Food Minister Bilal, to help the populace. He stated, “the government aimed at providing quality and affordable bread to the masses.”

He said that the recent reduction of Rs 1,200 in the price of flour was the biggest drop in the commodity’s prices in the nation’s history.

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Day four of the AJK inflation protest begins as talks come to a standstill.




Following the collapse of talks between the Awami Action Committee and the AJK government on Sunday, the shutdown strike and protests in Azad Kashmir over rising flour and energy costs started their fourth day on Monday.

The ongoing shutdown and wheeljam strike would continue until their demands are fulfilled, according to the Awami Action Committee.

AAC-led march on state capital Muzaffarabad today has brought the valley to a near stop. The caravans are coming from many AJK cities, and they are headed towards Rawalakot. The march is being caused by the impasse in the negotiations.

Reportedly, the demonstrators have blocked the 40-kilometer Kohala–Muzaffarabad Road, which connects Kohala Town and Muzaffarabad, multiple times.

Traffic on main thoroughfares and roads has decreased, and large police contingents have been stationed at strategic points and roundabouts.

After fighting broke out between the police and demonstrators in Mirpur on Saturday, which left one policeman dead and numerous others injured, the AJK government dispatched Rangers.

Everything is completely suspended, including internet and cellular services, business, and education.

Under the pretext of talks, Awami Action Committee leader Sardar Umar Nazir Kashmiri has charged that the administration is using deceptive methods.

Apart from the flour subsidy, he continues, the administration will not budge on any other demand.


All parties involved have been asked by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Zardari to use moderation and engage in discussions to find a solution. According to both, the demonstrators in Azad Kashmir should have their legitimate demands met.

The issue in AJK will be the topic of a significant meeting that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is calling today, Monday.

The skirmishes between the demonstrators and the AJK police caused anxiety for the premier on Sunday.

Speaking with Chaudhry Anwarul Haq, the prime minister of AJK, he said he also gave the office-bearers of the All-Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in AJK instructions to speak with the leaders of the Awami Action Committee.

Olive Branch is offered by AJK PM.

Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Anwarul Haq stated on Sunday that his administration was ready to lessen the burden of exorbitant grain and energy costs.

Regarding Saturday’s meetings with the demonstrators, Prime Minister Haq declared, “We are determined to implement the agreement we have reached with the Awami Action Committee.”

Politicians, according to Haq, have found solutions to issues through discussion and “we are ready to talk with the Awami Action Committee at any level and the demands related to the government of Pakistan will be raised before the federation.”

In order to ease the burden of rising flour and power prices, he also expressed a willingness to modify the development budget if needed.

The AJK prime minister stated that his government’s first priority was ensuring public safety, and he further stated that no force was applied to the demonstrators.

Sub-inspector Adnan Qureshi was killed in a confrontation with demonstrators in Mirpur, and hundreds of people attended his funeral on Monday.

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Today’s National Assembly session is scheduled.




The National Assembly (NA) will meet today (Monday) at the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari.

At 4:00 p.m., the National Assembly will convene in the federal capital at Parliament House. The meeting’s agenda has been released by the assembly secretariat.

As per Article 54(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President has the authority to call a session of the National Assembly.

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