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Audio leaks commission announces to make proceedings public

ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Commission looking into audio leaks has declared that the hearings would be made public and given the Attorney General instructions to release cell phones and sims immediately.

Justice Qazi Faiz Isa presided over the inaugural meeting of the Judicial Inquiry Commission for audio leaks investigations, according to details.

The commission’s meeting was held in Chamber Court No. 7 of the Supreme Court. Attorney General and Chief Justice Naeem Akhtar of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) were also present at the meeting.

In addition to establishing its secretariat in the Supreme Court, the Judicial Commission’s first meeting saw the Attorney General present the commission’s terms of reference and powers.

Additionally, a cell phone and SIM card for the commission’s use were requested from the attorney general. As the senior judge, Justice Qazi Faiz Isa claimed that he also has some constitutional obligations.

When Justice Qazi Faiz Isa questioned the statute under which the commission was established, the Attorney General said that the commission was established in accordance with the Judicial Inquiry Commission Act 2016.

The Judicial Commission’s audio leak has declared that the proceedings will be made public and that, if a delicate issue occurs, they will take into consideration a request for in-camera hearings. The Supreme Court’s Islamabad Building will host the commission’s proceedings.

According to Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, among individuals connected to the investigation are two elderly women. If necessary, the committee may also travel to Lahore for the hearings.

Justice Qazi Faiz Isa set the parameters of the investigation committee, gave the Attorney General instructions to give a mobile phone and SIM card to the commission, and further delayed the hearings until May 27.

It should be mentioned that the federal government established the Judicial Commission last week to investigate the purported audio leaks.

The commission also includes Chief Justices Naeem Akhtar of the Balochistan High Court and Aamer Farooq of the Islamabad High Court. The inquiry will look at how the audio leaks affected justice and judicial freedom as well as their veracity.

According to the notification, inquiries will also be made into purported audio leaks involving former Chief Ministers, the sitting Supreme Court judge, and possible audio leaks involving the former Chief Justice.

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