ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Law and Justice notified Khalid Jawed Khan on Saturday as the new Prosecutor General (AG) for Pakistan.
According to the notification issued by the law ministry, President Arif Alvi has appointed “Khalid Jawed Khan as Attorney General for Pakistan with the rank and status of federal minister with immediate effect.”
The notification read: “In the exercise of the powers conferred under Article 100 (1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan of 1973, the President shall appoint Mr. Khalid Jawed Khan as Attorney General.”
The copy of the notification has been delivered to the secretaries of the Secretariat of the President and the Office of the Prime Minister, the registrar of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, the General Accountant of Revenue of Pakistan and the officials of the law ministry.
New AG has been selected from eight eminent lawyers
Khan has replaced Anwar Mansoor Khan, who resigned from this position on Thursday.
Prior to his appointment, federal government authorities contacted Mr. Khan and confirmed his appointment at the prestigious office.
Law ministry sources said Khan had been selected from eight eminent lawyers. In addition to Khan, the other lawyers considered for this position were Abid Zuberi, Punjab’s attorney general, Ahmad Jamal Sukhera, Syed Ali Zafar, Kamal Azfar, Naeem Bukhari and Molvi Anwarul Haq. They had given their consent for the appointment in the coveted post of the attorney general, they added.
Lead lawyer Makhdoom Ali Khan, however, refused to accept the charge.
Khan served as attorney general during the interim government before the July 2018 general election.
Sources said he was offered to continue as attorney general after Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) formed the government. But, they added, he had rejected the offer as an influential figure had recommended Anwar Mansoor Khan for this position and had also organized his meeting with Imran Khan in Banigala.
Khalid Jawed Khan is the son of N.D. Khan, a senior politician who served as minister of law during the second government of the Popular Party of Pakistan.
He is a high-ranking lawyer who appeared before the Supreme Court in several cases and also served as General Counsel for Sindh in 2013, in addition to being a member of the Privatization Commission of Pakistan from 1995 to 1996.
He also served in the office of the Attorney General as a consultant during the government of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Anwar Mansoor Khan had to submit his resignation to the coveted post for leveling the accusations against some members of the Supreme Court hearing of the petitions for challenging the presentation of presidential references against the Qazi judge Faez Isa of the Supreme Court.
Although Anwar Mansoor claimed that he had decided to resign on his own in compliance with the demand of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), the law ministry said he was asked to do so.
Anwar Mansoor, however, did not agree with the government’s position that he had been asked to submit his resignation.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court had categorically asked Anwar Mansoor to apologize or present evidence based on which he had made accusations against the members of the bank without appointing anyone. However, the court prevented the media from reporting the accusations. The resignation came after the federal government distanced itself from Anwar Mansoor’s comments.
The two separate statements issued by the main lawyers’ bodies, the Pakistan Bar Council and the Supreme Court Bar Association, which demand the immediate resignation of Anwar Mansoor, as well as an apology further aggravated the situation. Consequently, Anwar Mansoor had submitted his resignation.
In his one-page resignation letter to President Alvi, Anwar Mansoor stated: “I note with deep regret that the Pakistan Bar Council, of which I am president, has demanded through its press release on February 19 to resign immediately to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Pakistan. “
The PBC had decided one day before to file a petition for contempt against the attorney general and the minister of law, Dr. Farogh Naseem, for Mr. Khan’s statement against the bank of SC.
Published on Dawn, February 23, 2020
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