Acting upon the recommendation of the Supreme Judicial Council, President Arif Alvi has removed Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui from the post of Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge.

An official notification, issued by Law and Justice Ministry on Thursday, said, “Consequent upon proceedings under Article 209(5) and recommendations of the Supreme Judicial Council of Pakistan under Article 209(6) read with Article 48(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, the President of Pakistan removed IHC Judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, from his office with immediate effect.”

Earlier, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) had unanimously recommended the removal of Islamabad High Court (IHC) Judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui. The senior IHC judge had levelled serious allegations on the intelligence agencies for interfering and ‘managing’ judicial affairs.

“This Council is unanimously of the opinion that in the matter of making his speech before the District Bar Association, IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui had displayed conduct inappropriate for a Judge of a High Court and was, thus, guilty of misconduct,” the council said.

The council was also of the view that Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was, therefore, liable to be removed from his office under Article 209(6) of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973. On August 1, SJC issued a show cause notice to Justice Siddiqui on alleged misconduct.

On the same day Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had also contacted SJC’s Chairman Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar to initiate appropriate process against Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui’s remarks regarding interference of intelligence agency in judicial matters