LHC Judges also Receive Threatening Letters

Threatening Letters Received by LHC Judges Prompt Heightened Security Measures

Judges serving on the administrative body of the Lahore High Court (LHC) have reported receiving threatening letters, prompting heightened security measures around the court premises. Among those who received these letters are Justice Shujaat Ali Khan, Justice Shahid Bilal Hasan, Justice Alia Neelum, and Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh. Specifically, Justice Khan, Justice Hasan, and Justice Neelum are members of the administrative body. Following this development, officials from the counter-terrorism department have arrived at the LHC, where security has been increased. Furthermore, a forensic team is examining the suspicious letters, and surveillance footage from the high court’s CCTV cameras is being reviewed.

This incident follows a similar occurrence at the Islamabad High Court (IHC), where eight judges, including Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, reportedly received letters suspected to contain anthrax. A comprehensive investigation has been launched by a police team to gather evidence regarding the substance in the letters. The letters were allegedly sent by a woman named Resham, though her address was not provided. Additionally, a court staffer experienced irritation in the eyes and burns on the skin around the lips after accidentally coming into contact with one of the envelopes containing the suspicious substance.

These threatening letters come in the wake of the Supreme Court’s suo motu notice and the formation of a seven-member bench, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa, to address allegations of interference by spy agencies in judicial affairs. The explosive nature of the letter surfaced last week, leading to a crisis situation and mounting pressure on the Supreme Court, chaired by CJP Isa, to address the matter under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.