Supreme court initiates inquiry into alleged interference: suo moto notice and commission formation.

The Supreme Court has taken a proactive stance by initiating a suo moto notice regarding a letter authored by six judges of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). This action follows closely on the heels of the federal government’s establishment of a commission to investigate allegations of interference and ensuing criticism.

Scheduled for Wednesday, a seven-member bench led by Chief Justice Faez Isa, including Justices Mansoor Ali Shah, Yahya Afridi, Jamal Mandokhail, Athar Minallah, Musarrat Hilali, and Naeem Akhtar Afghan, will deliberate on this matter.

This development coincides with the recent approval by the federal cabinet to form an inquiry commission, headed by former Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, renowned for his independent perspective.

In a meeting held last Thursday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, along with Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar and Attorney General Mansoor Usman Awan, engaged in discussions with Chief Justice Isa, assisted by Justice Shah and Supreme Court Registrar Jazeela Aslam.

During the meeting, both sides reached an agreement to establish a commission under the Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Act, 2017, to address concerns regarding interference in judicial matters. Subsequently, it was announced that Justice (retired) Jillani would lead the investigation.