Justice Siddiqui reacts to his removal, says decision ‘not unexpected’


Soon after he was removed as a judge of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) by President Arif Alvi on the recommendation of the Supreme Judicial Commission (SJC), Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said that the decision was “not unexpected” for him.

“When nothing came out of a baseless corruption reference started in the name of alleged refurbishment of my official residence about three years ago despite full effort, my address to a bar association, every word of which was based on truth, was used as the justification to dismiss me,” he said in a statement on Thursday night.

“Neither was the reference heard in an open court despite my demand and a clear verdict of the Supreme Court, nor was a commission formed to examine the facts I stated in my speech.”

“I am completely satisfied with the requisites of my conscience, my nation and my rank,” he wrote and added that he would present his detailed stance before the public very soon.

“I will also reveal the facts which I had presented before the SJC in my written statement and state the actual reasons behind the dismissal of a high court judge in this manner after nearly half a century.”