Multiple judges in Pakistan, including those from the Supreme Court, have received threatening letters containing an unknown substance. The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) is investigating the incidents.

Over a Dozen Judges Targeted

Since Tuesday, a total of 18 judges across the Supreme Court, Islamabad High Court (IHC), and Lahore High Court (LHC) have received these intimidating letters. The most recent recipients include five Supreme Court justices: Ayesha Malik, Irfan Saadat Khan, Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi, and Muneeb Akhtar.

Authorities Take Action

The CTD has registered two First Information Reports (FIRs) against unidentified individuals and formed three investigation teams. These teams are analyzing CCTV footage, tracing suspects through postal records, and collaborating with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

Courts Implement New Security Measures

The Lahore High Court administration has implemented stricter procedures for receiving judges’ mail. All mail will now undergo mandatory security checks before reaching the judges’ staff. Similarly, Pakistan Post has directed its staff to thoroughly inspect all mail, particularly that addressed to judges and other high-profile figures. Staff have also been equipped with masks and gloves for added safety.

Pakistan Bar Council Demands Investigation

The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has called for an impartial investigation into the allegations raised by six IHC judges regarding potential interference by intelligence agencies in judicial matters. They propose a judicial commission composed of sitting Supreme Court judges to ensure a transparent inquiry.

Lawyers Seek Full Court Hearing

Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and PBC members have filed a petition to become party to the Supreme Court’s suo motu notice regarding the IHC judges’ letter. They emphasize the need for an independent investigation into these serious allegations.

Political Party Condemns Harassment

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s core committee has condemned the harassment of judges and demanded exemplary action against those responsible. They reiterate their call for a full court hearing, live-streamed proceedings, and a judicial convention.

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