Soon after the government filed a complaint at the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) against alleged misconduct of two superior court judges, who hold foreign properties either in their own names or through their spouses, Supreme Court judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Wednesday (May 29) requested President Arif Alvi to confirm if a reference was filed against him under Article 209 of the Constitution of Pakistan.
An official in the Ministry of Law confirmed that the reference was prepared within the ministry. Services of a former Supreme Court judge – who had taken oath under November 3, 2007 Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) — were hired to file the reference. However, there is no official confirmation by the council which is the supreme body that decides cases against judges of superior courts.
“Justice Isa wrote to President and said: “I have come to learn that government sources are stating that a reference has been filed against me under Article 209 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I will be obliged if you could let me know whether this correct, and if it is, to kindly provide me a copy thereof”.”
“I am confident……. that a reference has been filed, and I’ve been called upon to submit my reply thereto, only subject to the permission of Supreme Judicial Council, the Government may disclose the reference and my response thereto; selective leaks amount to character assassination, jeopardizes my right to due process and fair trial and undermines the institution of the judiciary.”
“The SC judge further wrote that he was looking forward to hearing from the president. The copy of the letter was also forwarded to the Prime Minister and registrar of the apex court.”
Qazi Faez Isa is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan since 5 September 2014. Previously, he served as Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court from 5 August 2009 to 5 September 2014.