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Chief justices concerned over security

Chief justices concerned over securityISLAMABAD: The chief justices of the Supreme Court, the four high courts and the Federal Shariat Court at a meeting on Saturday expressed concern over the level of security being provided to the top judicial functionaries of the country.

The meeting was called by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry in the wake of threats to the chief justices as well as their families, especially the reported unearthing of an alleged plot to assassinate Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khwaja Mohammad Sharif.

Those who attended the meeting included Justice Sharif, Sindh High Court Chief Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

Secretary Interior Qamar Zaman, the FIA director and the chief secretary, the home secretary and PPO Punjab briefed the meeting over the threats to the life of the LHC chief justice.

According to the murder plot report, three officials of key federal authorities had conspired to get Justice Sharif assassinated through hired assassins.

Soon after the murder plot report appeared in the media, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani assigned Interior Minister Rehman Malik to investigate the matter. The federal government ordered the ISI, the Intelligence Bureau and the FIA to probe the matter.

Later, former chief of the Special Branch Punjab, Col (retd) Ehsanul Haq, denied that he or his subordinates had ever authored the murder plot report.

On Saturday, the meeting decided to ask the concerned authorities to provide adequate security to the judges. The meeting decided that both federal and provincial governments would ensure the safety of the judges of superior courts without compromising their integrity, neutrality and independence.

It was resolved that whatever the facts of the alleged plot are, it needed to be dealt with in accordance with law without giving any concession or making compromise, and whosoever was found responsible, must be dealt with strictly in accordance with law.

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