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Justice Sattar again raises concerns over alleged interference in judicial affairs

Babar Sattar

ISLAMABAD, MAY 14: Islamabad High Court’s Justice Babar Sattar has written another letter to IHC Chief Justice Aamir Farooq regarding the alleged interference in judicial affairs.

In his letter, Justice Sattar wrote, “In the audio leaks case, I was given a message to back off. I was told to back off from scrutinizing the surveillance system, but I did not pay any heed to such threats.”

He insisted that such messages risked causing substantial damage to the process of justice, adding that the focus of the malicious campaign appears to be an intimidation tactic to influence judicial proceedings.

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According to the text of the letter, the court has notified the secret and investigative agencies in the audio leaks case, in addition to the relevant ministries, regulatory bodies, the Intelligence Bureau, the Federal Investigation Agency. The court also notified the regulatory bodies such as the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and PEMRA.

Earlier in May, IHC Chief Justice Aamir Farooq took action against individuals involved in a negative social media campaign targeting Justice Babar Sattar. The move comes in response to a letter penned by Justice Sattar to CJ Farooq, outlining concerns regarding the malicious campaign.

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The letter, which prompted Chief Justice Aamir Farooq’s decision to initiate contempt of court proceedings, sheds light on the gravity of the situation. Allegations stemming from the campaign, particularly regarding Justice Babar Sattar’s citizenship status, have necessitated swift judicial action.

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