Islamabad, July 22: A Pakistani high court judge today alleged that the ISI spy agency has been attempting to control the country’s judiciary to get favourable verdicts in different cases including that of Nawaz Sharif. He alleged that ISI has asked the Chief Justice of Pakistan to not let former Chief Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz out of jail till the elections.

While speaking at the Rawalpindi Bar Association, Islamabad High Court judge, Justice Shaukat Siddiqui, said that ISI has been trying to control the judiciary. “Today the judiciary and media have come in the control of ‘Bandookwala’ (army). Judiciary is not independent. Even the media is getting directions from the military. The media is not speaking the truth because it is under pressure and has its interests,” he said.

“In different cases, the ISI forms benches of its choice to get desired results. The ISI had asked the chief justice to make sure that Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz should not come out of jail before the July 25 election. It also had asked him not to include me in the bench hearing the appeal of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter in the Avenfield case. The CJ told ISI that he would make a bench of its choice,” he said.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were convicted on July 6 in the Avenfield properties case linked to the Sharif family’s ownership of four luxury flats in London. The former was found guilty of owning assets beyond known sources of income, while his daughter was convicted for aiding and abetting her father in covering up the “conspiracy”. They were taken into custody as soon as they arrived in Pakistan from London.