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Govt ‘violating the Constitution by not appointing the AG’: Justice Qazi Faez Isa

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday expressed its displeasure over the government’s inability to appoint a new attorney general.

During a hearing, Justice Qazi Faiz Isa asked “who is the AGP in the country at the moment?” and wondered if the government was so ‘incompetent’ that it was unable to appoint a new AGP.

On not getting a satisfactory answer from the deputy AG, Justice Isa said that the deputy AG is “acting as if the court has asked a very difficult constitutional question”.

“Is the government negotiating with anyone on the appointment of the attorney general?” asked Justice Isa, adding that the top court has 5,500 lawyers, but the government is unable to pick one.

Justice Isa also stated that the government is “violating the Constitution by not appointing the AG”.

During the hearing, the apex court also noted that the orders of the SC were not followed, adding that the additional and deputy AGs are only bound to take instructions from the AG.

Justice Isa further stated that it is against the law for the deputy and additional AGs to appear before the court without the instructions of the AGP.