Newly appointed AGP Khalid Javed recuses himself from Justice Isa case
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned hearing of Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s petition challenging the presidential reference filed against him over alleged non-disclosure of assets in his wealth statement till March 30.
During the course of proceedings, the newly appointed Attorney General for Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan recused himself from representing the Federal Government in the Justice Qazi Faez Isa case.
Recommending the name of Additional Attorney General (AAG) Aamir Rehman to represent the government in the case, he said he could not do so as he had already stated his opinion regarding the Justice Isa reference.
It was a case regarding the justice system’s freedom, he added.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial said the court would give the government additional time to prepare for the case.
The AAG told the court that he would be out of the country till March 20 for some official work.
On this, Justice Bandial said one of the judges on the bench would also be away after March 20 and the court would hear the case upon his return.
Impediments continue to plague the federal law and justice ministry with Khalid Javed Khan issued three directives on his first day as attorney general of Pakistan, seeking autonomy and clarifications.
The newly-appointed AGP has written to Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking autonomy for the office of the attorney general. He has proposed that the office of the attorney general of Pakistan should be autonomous from the administrative control of the law and justice ministry.
In a letter addressed to the federal law and justice ministry, Khan has sought clarification from Dr Farogh Naseem over new appointments of law officers.
He cited a local newspaper’s report claiming “frantic efforts” to appoint top law officers across the country in a bid to “oblige the legal fraternity” scrutinising Naseem over the law ministry’s decisions including the presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa.