Judge who said army interfered in polls is sacked

DPA/Reuters/AFP/Islamabad

A senior judge who accused the country’s powerful spy agency of manipulating elections has been sacked.
Shaukat Siddiqui was removed as judge of a high court in the capital Islamabad through an order issued overnight by the president of Pakistan, the law ministry announced yesterday.
“The President of Pakistan has been pleased to remove Mr Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui … from his office with immediate effect,” the law ministry said in a notification, without elaborating.
The Supreme Judicial Council, a body that oversees complaints against judges, had recommended Siddiqui’s removal after a secret trial for “defaming a state institution”, the ministry added.
On Thursday, the Supreme Judicial Council – the country’s top body of judges – said that Siddiqui had “displayed conduct unbecoming of a judge of a High Court and was thus guilty of misconduct”.
Siddiqui had accused the Pakistani army’s spy

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