SC bench to hear pleas against commission probing audio leaks.

ISLAMABAD -- A five: member bench of the SuApreme Court will today take up constitutional petitions against the formation of Judicial ComAmission to probe the audio leaks.

The five: member bench headAed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi and JusAtice Shahid Waheed will take up the petitions of Pakistan TehrAik: e: Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, President Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Abid Shahid Zuberi, SCBA Secretary GenerAal Muqtedir Akhtar Shabbir and Advocate Riaz Hanif Rahi.

The petitions were filed unAder Article 184(3) to declare the notification and constituAtion of Inquiry Commission to probe into the veracity of alAleged audio leaks as ultra vires to the Constitution.

Meanwhile, the Inquiry ComAmission has issued notices to four persons who are allegedAly found having conversation in the audio leaks for May 27. They include SCBA President Abid ZuAberi, senior advocate Khawaja Tariq Rahim, journalist AbAdul Qayyum Siddiqui and Najam Saqib, the son of forAmer chief justice of PakiAstan Mian Saqib Nisar. Abid Zuberi in his petition menAtioned that whether surveilAlance of citizens of Pakistan through 'phone tapping or interception' is permissiAble under the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 and whethAer the same is violative of Article(s) 9, 14, 18, 19 and 25 r/w 4 thereof? He also quesAtioned whether any undatAed alleged audio leaks upAloaded on or disseminated through unidentified / unAtraceable social media acAcounts could be relied upon for any legal...

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