ISLAMABAD: According to ARY News, the federal government established a three-member judicial panel on Saturday to look into the numerous audio leaks involving the judiciary. Justice Qazi Faez Isa, a senior puisne judge on the Supreme Court, would serve as the commission’s chair.
Naeem Akhtar Afghan of the Balochistan High Court and Aamer Farooq of the Islamabad High Court are the other members of the judicial commission.
“WHEREAS, recent widespread circulations of contentious audios have been witnessed on the national electronic, print, and social media, allegedly regarding the Judiciary and former Chief Justices/Judges, conversation raising serious concerns about the independence, impartiality, and uprightness of the Chief Justices/Judges of the Superior Courts in the administration of justice,” the government stated in a notification.
It continued by stating that such audio leaks had damaged public confidence and that severe questions about the “independence, impartiality, and uprightness of the Chief Justices/Judges of the Superior Courts” had been raised by the general public.
In order to restore not only the judiciary’s credibility but also the public’s trust and confidence in the judiciary in the larger public interest, as a matter of clear public importance, it was further stated that it was imperative to look into the authenticity, correctness, and veracity of the audio leaks.
The government stated that it was essential to look into the authenticity and veracity of these audio leaks in order to restore credibility of the judiciary because the integrity and character of chief justices/judges are of the utmost importance for maintaining the public trust and confidence in the administration of justice.
According to the notification, the judiciary is one of the Constitution’s key foundations, and if its independence is compromised, society would lose faith in it.