Supreme Court bench hearing Justice Faez Isa reference dissolved

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ISLAMABAD: A 10-member Supreme Court bench hearing a reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa has been dissolved over unavailability of Justice Mazhar Alam.

The matter has been referred to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa for formation of a new bench.

Justice Umar Atta Bandial said the existing bench is being dissolved.

On Oct. 10, Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan had submitted a response in a presidential reference filed against Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

In the response, the court was told that Justice Isa was the original owner of three properties in UK and was still reluctant to reveal the sources of his income used to purchase the properties.

The attorney general had further mentioned that the presidential reference postulated ‘benami’ nature of the properties abroad “which were concealed and not disclosed as required by the law.”

Importantly, the wife and children of the petitioner judge had no independent source of income and were not in a position to provide funds necessary for the purchase of three properties when they were bought.

“As the attorney general, it is my responsibility to advise the council […] Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s allegations are solely based on assumptions […] transparency and accountability is an integral part of democracy,” Mr Mansoor Khan had stated in the courtroom.

“No one is above the Law […] Under Article 248 the president and the prime minister are given exemption for performing their duties,” he had said, while requesting the court to dispose of the petition filed by Justice Qazi Faez Isa.