Reference against SC Justice Qazi Isa constitutional: Alvi

Staff Reporter

President of Pakistan on Wednesday said that filing reference against Supreme Court judge, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, was constitutional and all legal requirements were fulfilled, since there was no other way.

The President, said his office does not have an investigation authority, and if he would have done so, the Supreme Court would’ve been quick to question his authority to investigate.

Instead of Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), should he have investigated the matter through private sector or via FIA, he questioned?

The president expressed this while giving an interview to a private media channel, during which he was seemingly piqued over the questions he was asked.

The President asserted that Reference was clear and based on correct information, denying any weakness.

He said properties mentioned in the reference were present, which were not declared, and the court hasn’t accepted the money trail as well, as he awaits the detail verdict.

Dr Alvi said that he respects the Court’s decision, but reiterated that SJC is the only forum for any investigation case pertaining to the judiciary.

Last month, the SJC decided not to proceed further on the reference against Justice Faez Isa, after Supreme Court — with a majority of 6 to 4 — allowed the review petitions filed against its earlier order for the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to conduct an inquiry into the foreign properties of the family members of apex court judge Qazi Faez Isa.