Six Islamabad High Court Judges Receive Threat Letters Filled With 'Suspicious' Powder: Report

Days after six judges of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in Pakistan wrote a letter to Supreme Judicial Council Qazi Faes Isa alleging that intelligence agencies are meddling in judicial affairs, six IHC judges reportedly received anonymous threatening letters filled with suspicious substance. IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq confirmed receiving the letter and said the day's hearings were delayed because of it.
Islamabad High Court judges

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Days after six judges of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in Pakistan wrote a letter to Supreme Judicial Council Qazi Faes Isa alleging that intelligence agencies are meddling in judicial affairs, six IHC judges reportedly received anonymous threatening letters filled with suspicious substance. IHC Chief Justice Farooq confirmed receiving the letter and said the day's hearings were delayed because of it.
Judicial sources revealed to local news organisation the Express Tribune that two of the judges opened the letters and found a suspicious powder inside, which reportedly caused burning sensation in their eyes. The report said citing sources close to the investigation that the letters was signed by a woman named Resham - the wife of Waqar Hussain. However, no address was provided for the same.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) demanded a thorough and immediate investigation into the incident. The PTI spokesperson suggested that the letter, which reportedly contained a deadly and poisonous substance, was an attempt to coerce the judges into retracting their communication with the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC)
The Inspector General of Islamabad Police and the Deputy Inspector General of Security were reportedly urgently called upon by the IHC to deal with the situation. Meanwhile, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) has taken possession of the suspicious letters for in-depth scrutiny.
In the letter to the the Supreme Judicial Council, the six judges sought intervention to address the issue of intelligence agencies meddling with the affairs of the judiciary, advocating for the independence of the judiciary.
“We are writing to seek guidance from the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) with regard to the duty of a judge to report and respond to actions on part of members of the executive, including operatives of intelligence agencies, that seek to interfere with discharge of his/ her official functions and qualify as intimidation, as well as the duty to report any such actions that come to his/her attention in relation to colleagues and/or members of the courts that the High Court supervises,” the letter said.
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