Published On: Sat, Jan 18th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

I am servant to law, constitution, not a government servant”, AG Salman Aslam Butt

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ISLAMABAD: New Attorney General (AG) Salman Aslam Butt has said he has no close relations with the Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif adding he is servant to law and constitution rather than government.

“ I will soon meet Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP). I believe in following law and constitution and I have no intention to change the incumbent law officers and I am satisfied over their performance”, he said this in an exclusive chat with the media men here Friday who met him in his office Friday after assumption of charge of AG by him

He held “ to his view law and constitution come first . “ The remaining matters will be looked into later.

Responding to a question about his close relations with PM, he said he had no close connection with PM. He has kept in view law and constitution always in all the cases he has appeared as lawyer so far. It is correct he has contested cases related to corporate law but he has vast experience in constitutional cases as well.

To a question about Pervez Musharraf he said his case is subjudice, therefore, he can not want to talk in this regard.

He said lawyer’s job is to appear in the court on behalf of different people but it does not mean that he has close links with any functionary of government.

Answering to a question on his position in the event of emergence of any contradictory situation between government and constitution in the court he said he abides by law and constitution first and he is not servant to government.

About his meeting with CJP he said his meeting with CJP is expected and matters related to law and constitution will be discussed with him. “ I have spent the entire life in upholding law and constitution.

He hoped that journalists will conduct positive reporting. The journalists assured him of their full cooperation requesting “ if any important decision is taken then the media should be apprised of it through his secretary so that no misreporting is made in the media.

He said doors to his office will remain open for media men forever.