Justice Qazi Faez Isa, the head of a three-member judicial commission formed to investigate alleged audio clips leaked on social media, has adjourned the body’s proceedings indefinitely. This comes after a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial ordered the commission to do so. On May 20, the federal government had formed the commission to investigate alleged audio leaks that sparked concerns regarding the independence of the judiciary. The commission, which includes Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan and Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, had ordered open hearings and public findings. However, the Supreme Court stayed the commission’s proceedings, suspended the government’s May 19 notification of its appointment, and stopped the implementation of the findings’ release. During the hearing, Justice Isa cited the apex court’s “judicial order” while stopping the meeting, and said the commission will issue a written order for today’s proceedings. The Supreme Court issued notices to the respondents and postponed further proceedings until May 31.
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