No official word on Judicial references increases speculations

KARACHI: The federal government appeared to be in a fix after an hour and a half long hearing of judicial references by the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). The official quarters or the SJC which was supposed to share the developments with media remained silent.

Attorney General Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan appeared before the SJC and reportedly laid the case of federal government before the SJC.

At the conclusion of the SJC session, despite facing a volley of questions by chasing journalists, Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan who is known for his cool minded approach appeared worrisome. He remained tight-lipped and did not offer any comment.

The five-member SJC — comprising Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court Ahmed Ali M. Shaikh and Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court Waqar Ahmed Seth — held the proceedings from 2pm to 3.30pm.

The references have been filed against Supreme Court judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice K.K. Agha of the Sindh High Court on charges of owning properties in London. One Abdul Waheed Dogar Advocate who once worked for an Islamabad based new agency was stated to be the man behind the references who allegedly moved the Asset Recovery Unit headed by Shehzad Akbar of PTI which then forwarded the reference to Prime Minister through Federal Ministry of Law.

There was no word from Registrar of the Supreme Court about the fate of the references or if more details are summoned from the federal government. Neither any new date for further proceedings was announced. The day however witnessed intense activity of lawyers who protested at Supreme Court of Pakistan. The lawyers across the country except Punjab boycotted court proceedings on Friday and vowed to support the judges allegedly being targeted by the PTI’s government at the behest of hidden hands who are up against Justice Qazi Faez Isa after his two judgments against premier intelligence agencies and security apparatus of the country.

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