Islamabad High Court Judge Targeted by Suspicious Calls and Messages

 Islamabad High Court Judge Targeted by Suspicious Calls and Messages

Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has been receiving suspicious calls and messages, sources from the judiciary revealed on Wednesday. An individual, claiming to be the Director-General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), made a call to Justice Jahangiri’s office, but investigations confirmed that the FIA DG did not make the call.

The judge has directed the court registrar to inform the FIA and provide the mobile number associated with the incident. This incident occurred just two days ago, with suspicious calls and messages also sent to Justice Jahangiri’s personal mobile number from the same suspicious source.

Previously, the IHC decided to take a robust institutional response to the alleged government-backed social media campaign targeting its judges, particularly Justice Jahangiri. The IHC initiated contempt proceedings against individuals running a smear campaign against Justice Jahangiri on social media and issued notices to three journalists.

Chief Justice Aamer Farooq formed a 7-member bench to hear the case, stating that the smear campaign against judges is intolerable. The Islamabad advocate general assured the bench that the government would take action based on the judges’ response.

Justice Farooq emphasized that judges will not tolerate campaigns against them and warned that those found responsible will face consequences. The full court hearing began with Chief Justice Farooq stating that the court had explained its position multiple times, but no one learned a lesson.

IHC judges have been facing heat for resisting alleged executive interference in their judicial duties since May last year.

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