SCBA to file review petition in Justice Faez Isa case next week
In this connection, SCBA President Syed Qalb-i-Hassan said they would authorise senior lawyer Hamid Khan on Monday to be the lead counsel in the matter. The review petition was being finalised and would be filed next week, he added.
Hamid is among the founding members of the ruling party but has developed serious differences with the leadership. Although he hasn’t left the PTI or expelled from it, he is now out of the party for all the practical purposes.
After the PTI suspended his membership in December last year, the senior lawyer had made it clear in his response to the show-cause notice that he won’t quit the party “under any circumstances”.
“No opportunist, turncoat, land grabber and sugar or other corrupt mafias can force me out of the party,” he added.
Soon after the Supreme Court declared the presidential reference against Justice Faez unconstitutional and illegal, the SCBA and Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) had announced that they would file a review petition. The point of contention is that part of the verdict in which the issue of London properties has been referred to the FBR.
Although the 10-member apex court bench was unanimous in declaring the reference null and void, a seven-to-three majority decided that the FBR should look into the matter.
It is worth noting that the Justice Faez is all set to file a review petition despite the fact that his wife, Sarina Isa, appeared before the FBR on Friday and submitted a detailed reply while also making it clear that she was still being harassed amid a targeted propaganda campaign.
Earlier this week, both SCBA and PBC have expressed serious concerns over the ad hoc appointment of a new chairman of FBR.
They demanded that the government reverse its decision to remove the FBR chairperson or appoint a senior independent officer of Grade-22 to ensure an independent and neutral investigation into the properties belonging to the wife and children of Justice Faez.
They warned that the legal fraternity would not accept the investigation or report and resist that with full force, if their demand was not met.