Anwar Mansoor apologises ‘unconditionally’ for his remarks against SC judges
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Former attorney general Anwar Mansoor Khan, who handed in his resignation on Thursday after his remarks against SC judges, submitted a written apology to the court on Friday.
In a statement, Khan said: "The undersigned is sorry and withdraws his statement made on February 18 and unconditionally apologises for having made the same.”
It added that Khan “has the highest regard and respect for the honourable court and cannot think of causing any adverse comment as to the honour, honesty, and integrity of the honourable court”.
Khan had submitted his resignation a day after levelling allegations against some members of the SC bench hearing petitions challenging the filing of a presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa. His statements were subsequently expunged by the court.
However, making an appearance on DawnNewsTV’s programme NewsEye, Khan had said the government knew about the remarks he was going to make in the court that eventually cost him his job as the country’s top law officer.
When asked if it was an independent decision to use the information in court, the attorney general had admitted that it was his discretion to share that information.
On the other hand, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem had denied having prior knowledge about the former attorney general’s intention to make those remarks.
Speaking on GeoTV’s Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada kay Sath, Naseem had said: "This is a lie. We did not have any knowledge about what he was going to say […] It was his own argument and he said it on his own. The government has nothing to do with anything he said and we did not know about it either. You tell me; if the government really knew what he was about to say, would we have let him say it?”