ISLAMABAD: Following the saga that culminated in Anwar Mansoor’s resignation without ceremonies to the attorney general’s office, the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) on Saturday asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to immediately eliminate the Federal Minister of Law Farogh Naseem
“The Prime Minister of Pakistan is urged to expel him immediately from the federal cabinet for the sake of broader national interest and the continuity of the democratically elected government, so that it is not too late,” says a strong statement drafted by PBC Vice President Abid Saqi .
The resignation of Anwar Mansoor and the federal government’s subsequent request for a three-week postponement at the hearings of the case of Judge Qazi Faez Isa in the Supreme Court have raised questions about the fate of the case.
But everyone agrees that Monday’s hearing before a court of 10 judges will set the tone for future proceedings in petitions filed to challenge the presentation of the presidential reference against Judge Isa.
The newly appointed AG Khalid Jawed Khan, while talking with Dawn, said his job would be to safeguard the interests of the executive and the judiciary, but his main objective would be to guarantee the supremacy of the constitution, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary .
On the other hand, legal observers believe that the controversial statement of the former AG before the full court was a fiasco since the government cannot win a case while giving the impression that it was allegedly monitoring the judges of the higher court.
“By applying their skills and wisdom, the AG’s job is to strike a balance between protecting government interests and maintaining a good relationship with the judiciary,” said a senior lawyer on condition of anonymity.
The perception that the vigilance of the judges was being carried out, as the former AG hinted in his controversial statement before the court, would never be acceptable to the judges since, if ignored, this would be equivalent to giving an influence on hands of the judges. executive to capriciously use any information received through the supervision of the judges. Therefore, it would mean giving up the independence of the judiciary, he feared.
Meanwhile, PBC vice president Saqi also demanded a thorough investigation of the episode by a judicial commission, claiming that the role, conduct and activities of the law minister were aimed at undermining the independence of the judiciary and continuity of the democratic process and, therefore, went against the national interest. and earning a bad name for the government.
On the other hand, the law minister Naseem in a statement rejected the demand for his resignation describing it as not serious and saying that he considered the legal fraternity as his and his family.
“There are only a few factions in the bar that are raising such demands just to gain some political mileage,” the minister said and categorically denied that the surveillance of the superior court judges has been carried out. “Neither this has happened in the past nor will the government allow this to happen in the future,” he said.
“The government is behind the judges and the judiciary,” Naseem said, adding that he will always strive to strengthen the rule of law and the constitution, as well as the welfare of the fraternity of lawyers.
Meanwhile, Abid Saqi thanked Anwar Mansoor’s decision to resign from AG’s position while submitting to the PBC and legal fraternity lawsuit, as well as withdrew his controversial and unsolicited statement he had made on February 18, during the hearing. Judge Isa case, and present an apology to the apex court.
However, Saqi said, the revelation of certain facts by Mansoor during his conversation with the media after his statement was in line with the government’s position and that the person interested in the government was fully aware that he was alarming, as it reflected ominous government designs to make the judiciary bend before him.
The leader of the PBC alleged that the minister of law, being in charge of the ministry of law, which dealt mainly with matters related to the judiciary, and in view of his dubious past conduct regarding the presentation of the reference against Justice Isa and being leader The lawyer of the general (retired) Pervez Musharraf in a case of high treason, and his willingness to become a lawyer of the head of the army in his case of extension in the service, seemed to be the “intellectual author of the conspiracy against the judicial power”.
It is not necessary to add that Farogh’s past reflected that, instead of believing in the supremacy of the constitution, the rule of law, democracy and civil authority, he always prided himself on supporting and serving the undemocratic forces in power, Saqi alleged.
Published on Dawn, February 23, 2020
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