Govt satisfied with SC judgement, not to file petition challenging verdict

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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability, Shahzad Akbar has said that the government was satisfied with the judgment of the supreme court regarding presidential reference justice Qazi Faez Isa. Federal Information Minister, Shibli Faraz was also present during the press conference on Friday.

The apex court quashed a presidential reference against justice Qazi Faez Isa.

Addressing a press conference alongside Information Minister Shibli Faraz after the short order was released, Akbar said that there were three scenarios in which a judge can be questioned.

“First, a person or department in possession of any information can send it directly to the SJC. Second, the government, through the president, can send a reference to the SJC. Third, the SJC takes suo motu notice.”

Akbar said that it was only the SJC that had the domain to investigate matters relating to the superior judiciary. “You can inform them, but you can’t inquire […] on the basis of this a reference was sent [against Justice Isa]”.

“Since day one, we have believed that matters concerning judges should be examined by the SJC. The executive and the administration should not be involved in this,” he said, adding that the involvement is severed the minute the information is handed over.

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