Ex-ISI chief denies Shaukat Siddiqui’s allegations 

Former director general Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen (retd) Faiz Hameed on Monday submitted his reply in the Supreme Court, denying the allegations levelled by former Islamabad High Court judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui regarding manipulation of judicial proceedings by ISI during the Panama Papers case.

Faiz, in his reply, termed the allegations “absolutely false, frivolous, concocted and based on an afterthought.”

He rejected the accusations of influencing the judiciary, stating that he never contacted Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, met with him, or discussed appeals by Nawaz Sharif in court.

The former DG ISI stated that Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui did not mention any meeting with him in his statement or to the Supreme Judicial Council.

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He denied saying that “our two years of hard work would go to waste”, adding that all allegations of the top judge were baseless and unfounded.

IHC former chief justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi also submitted his response to the Supreme Court. In his reply, Justice (retd) Kasi also rejected the allegations made by Siddiqui.

In addition, Brigadier (retd) Irfan Ramay’s reply has also been submitted to the top court, in which he denies the allegations against him and meeting Siddiqui.

Last month, Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui had requested the Supreme Court to make some former servicemen including former army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and former ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed a party to a case about alleged manipulation of the IHC.

The judge had also prayed that Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi and former Supreme Court registrar Arbab Muhammad Arif may be also arrayed as respondents in the case.

On October 11, 2018, the SJC had unanimously opined that while delivering a speech before the District Bar Association in Rawalpindi on July 21, 2018, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui had displayed “a conduct unbecoming of a high court judge”.

In the speech, the former judge had accused the ISI of interfering in the formation of IHC benches that were supposed to hear former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s appeal against his conviction in one of the three corruption references that had emanated from the Panama Papers case.

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