SC dismisses reference against Qazi Faez Isa

The court announced a short judgment a short while ago


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Supreme Court of Pakistan has dismissed a presidential reference against supreme court judge, Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Friday. The reference against Qazi Faez Isa was rejected by a full-court bench of the apex court.

The apex court had conducted 46 hearings of this important case. Faroogh Naseem, the former law minister was a counsel for the government in the presidential reference against Qazi Faez Isa.

The reference filed against Justice Isa by the government in May last year alleged that he acquired three properties in London on lease in the name of his wife and children between 2011 and 2015, but did not disclose them in his wealth returns. Justice Isa contested the allegation, saying he is not a beneficial owner of the flats — neither directly nor indirectly.

The case was wrapped up after Justice Isa’s spouse provided the money trail pertaining to her foreign properties and the Federal Board of Revenue provided its input on the matter.

The petitioner’s lawyer, Munir A Malik, concluded his arguments in court by saying that the federation had “gotten on the wrong bus” in the case.

A day earlier, a teary-eyed Mrs Justice Qazi Faez Isa presented before the court the evidence of funds used to purchase the three offshore properties whose money trail is a key to a presidential reference filed against her husband.

“We are quite satisfied that you have the material in support of the source (of money) for the properties,” observed Justice Bandial after the recording of her statement. “You have a strong answer to the slur caused by the allegations.”

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