Bound to act upon complaints of FBR, Asset Recovery Unit: Law Ministry

Ministry refutes reports of altering harsh language used in reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa


Hasnaat Mailk May 31, 2019
Law Minister Farogh Naseem. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Law and Justice has said that it is bound to act upon complaints it receives from the Asset Recovery Unit and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in the best interest of the country.

The ministry on its own has no mechanism to look into the assets of any judge, it said in statement issued on Friday.

“The Ministry of Law and Justice and the Law Minister believes in upholding the rule of Law and will continue to do so,” the statement added.

The statement comes amid criticism at Law Minister Barrister Farogh Naseem from a section of press for initiating a case against Supreme Court judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

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“No changes in the language of the reference were made by the Law Ministry on the instructions of the President,” the statement said, adding that the report is “factually incorrect’ and a figment of relevant journalist’s imagination”.

The ministry strongly refuted the news carried by certain sections of the press that it had deliberately used harsh language in the reference filed against Justice Isa and President Arif Alvi had to modify the language of the reference.

“There is no truth to the reports regarding changes made in the language of the reference since no such directions were issued by the Aiwan-e-Sadar in this regard and no language was changed.”

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Earlier in the day, the opposition submitted a resolution in the Senate expressing “grave concerns” over the reference filed over non-disclosure of foreign assets in the wealth statements.

The opposition called the references a “direct attack on the independence of the judiciary”, saying it was “aimed at stifling the voices of reason, truth and justice in the judiciary”.

Additional Attorney General Zahid F Ebrahim had resigned from office a day after the government filed a reference over alleged misconduct by superior court judges on Tuesday.

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