AGP to stay on under Imran’s government

Sources said that the AGP met PTI chief at Banigala


Hasnaat Malik August 09, 2018
Sources said that the AGP met PTI chief at Banigala. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday offered incumbent Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Javed Khan to continue in the same role during the tenure of the upcoming government.

The AGP met PTI Chairman Imran Khan for the first time at Banigala. The meeting was attended by other party leaders including Fawad Chaudhry and Asad Umar, sources told The Express Tribune.

According to sources, Imran Khan discussed how justice could be improved. Similarly, the AGP has also shared his views in this regard.

The nomination of the top law officer of the country is always significant for any government as the AGP always plays the role of a bridge between the judiciary and executive. Similarly, the post of AGP is very important when the country is facing litigation in a number of cases in international tribunals.

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Sources informed that during the meeting, Imran, who has been nominated for prime minister by the party, also expressed concern over the fallout of major legal battles in world legal forums, especially in the Karkey rental power plant and Reko Diq cases. Both of these cases will conclude sometime in the next year.

The PTI’s finance team has already briefed Imran on the repercussions of different cases pending in different international forums, revealed the sources.

At present, Pakistan is facing 32 cases of different nature at international courts. Even some independent power producers (IPPs) have also filed cases with the international arbitrators seeking clearance of their pending dues, which amounts to more than a trillion rupees.

Meanwhile, the judicial activism of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar is also a big challenge for the newly-elected government.

With regards to the prevailing situation, the AGP’s job will be a very tough one. However, the superior judiciary led by incumbent CJP gives him the highest regard.  A senior PTI leader believes that the relationship between executive and judiciary will be cordial unlike in the past.

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The superior judiciary is already satisfied with incumbent AGP’s work as he tries to ensure his presence in the court during the hearing of every important case. Barrister Khan’s professional career spans more than two decades. He enrolled as advocate high court in 1991 and became an advocate of the Supreme Court in 2004.

A Karachi-based lawyer, Khan served as legal adviser to the AGP and in this capacity, advised former premier Benazir Bhutto during her second tenure (1993-1996) as prime minister.

He obtained his LLB degree from London University, his bachelor of civil law (BCL) degree from Oxford University, his LLM from Harvard University and bar-at-law from Lincoln’s Inn.

COMMENTS (2)

Farooq Ahmed | 3 years ago | Reply AGP has strong credentials, hope he has strong integrity as well and he works for Pakistan.
ALI GOHAR KHAN | 3 years ago | Reply "According to sources, Imran Khan discussed how justice could be improved. Similarly, the Attorney General of Pakistan has also shared his views in this regard. (Tribune reported) Very interesting , the core slogan/manifesto of Imran Khan chairman PTI was to (1) Providing justice to the nation, (2) changing tax system of Pakistan and (3) eradication Corruption from Pakistan. The nation thought Imran Khan would have some thing special to improve justice, taxation and eradication of Corruption Being an Opposition leader in National Assembly and having Government in KPK for 5 years , now Imran Khan is asking the AGP, how to improve Justice . It means that IMran Khan has no home work and nothing solid on above 3 core issue of PTI manifesto. May be Imran Khan waiting for his tern as Prime Minister then he unveil his expertise for improving Justice, Changing Taxation system and eradication Corruption. Let us pray for Imran khan' success and achieving the goal.
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