Published On: Fri, Apr 16th, 2021
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Cuntry doesn’t have external threats but internal are more dangerous: Justice Faez Isa

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Islamabad: Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Thursday alleged that this country doesn’t have threats from external elements but internal.

Justice Isa made the remarks during a hearing of the review petitions filed against the June 19, 2020, apex court judgment about the presidential reference against him.

A 10-member SC bench led by Justice Umar Ata Bandial presided conducted the hearing of the case.

Justice Isa alleged that former chief justice Asif Saeed Khosa had betrayed him and “stabbed him” in the back.

“The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has murdered justice,” Justice Isa said, adding that President Dr Arif Alvi “did not bother” to reply to three letters of his and that he hadn’t even received a copy of the presidential reference filed against him.

Justice Isa said despite that, noise and voices against him had started on the media and “fifth-generation warfare” was initiated against him and his family.

“Former chief justice Asif Saeed Khosa stabbed me in the back without listening to my stance,” Justice Isa remarked. He also said that although retired Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed had been his friend, “I was saddened at his decision. He is the government’s favorite personality today.”

Justice Muneeb Akhtar observed that the two judges were retired and asked Justice Isa to refrain from “making accusations” against them, while Justice Maqbool Baqar asked him to present his arguments in the case.

The reference filed against Justice Isa by the government in May 2018 alleged that he had 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 had contested the allegation, saying he was not a beneficial owner of the flats— neither directly or indirectly.

Justice Isa’s wife, Sarina Isa, had said in a letter to the president in November that the reference against Justice Isa was shown to her husband by retired Justice Khosa before forwarding it to the SJC. “My husband told Justice Khosa that the properties were not his and he had no concern with them,” the letter had said.

According to the letter, Justice Khosa had observed, “How then is the reference maintainable?”, but then “something changed” and he decided to convene the SJC, allegedly without taking Justice Isa into confidence.

It said Justice Khosa had repeatedly sent for then-attorney general (AG) Anwar Mansoor Khan, who, after the reference was filed, allegedly asked Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Interior and Accountability Shahzad Akbar to provide him Sarina’s tax returns.

“The AG and workers of a political party joined hands and Justice Khosa obliged them by asking for the money trail and the source of funds for purchase of the London properties,” the letter stated.

Likewise, Sarina had said in her letter, Justice Azmat Saeed had heard another reference against Justice Isa six working days before his retirement, confident that it would conclude before he retired.