SC reprimands Justice Isa after he goes ballistic against judges, politicians alike
The Supreme Court (SC) Thursday barred the SC judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa from commenting on politicians, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
During the hearing of a review petition, filed by Justice Isa in the apex court against the presidential reference, a 10-member full court, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, advised him to confine himself to pointing out flaws in the court verdict. “Behave like a lawyer, and not like a party to the case. Focus on your case. Don’t get emotional,” he was told.
“Don’t call unelected members of the federal cabinet bad,” Justice Bandial asked Justice Isa.
Speaking on the occasion, the petitioner said he was sorry to his wife and daughter because it was due to him that their names appeared in his case.
He further said that it was after the verdict on Faizabad sit-in that all hell broke loose.
The petitioner opined that the ministry, and not the SC, meant everything for Federal Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Farogh Naseem. “Barrister Farogh has levelled allegations against me and my wife,” Justice Isa said, and added it appeared as if he was not acquainted with Islamic teachings.
He added that the decision to forward his case to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) was a violation of the court’s jurisdiction.
Justice Isa further said that Article 184/3 of the constitution was meant to protect human rights. “In case, a judge errs, he has the right to review his decision. And that the court’s decision was a violation of the constitution as well as several laws,” he argued.
He made it clear that gaining access to somebody’s tax record was a crime.
Alleging that Barrister Farogh had violated his oath, the petitioner demanded he should be sacked immediately as a law minister.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa said that the FBR was asked to complete the task given to it before the detailed judgement in his case came. “Tax Commissioner Zulfiqar Ahmed acted under court’s pressure,” the petitioner alleged.
He also pointed fingers at members of the Supreme Judicial Council, saying they acted with a mala fide intent. “The council members never gave me an opportunity to defend myself. The truth of the matter is that the council murdered the justice,” Justice Isa alleged.
He regretted that President Dr Arif Alvi did not even bother to respond to the three letters he had written to him. “My media trial began before I was provided a copy of the reference filed against me,” the SC judge deplored.
He accused the government of waging ‘fifth generation war’ against him and his family. “Former Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Asif Saeed Khosa did not listen to my arguments and stabbed me in my back,” he alleged.
Justice Isa regretted that his colleagues in Supreme Judicial Council called him mad and that he was told not to talk about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s family.
The SC judge said that when Imran Khan was a cricketer, he was his fan. “I even took an autograph from him,” he recalled.
He further said that Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed was his friend, but his verdict gave him lot of pain. “These days Justice Saeed is government’s blue-eyed boy,” he remarked.
Justice Isa was of the view that the country was not threatened from outside, but from within. “None can dare attack Pakistan from outside,” he said.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial then adjourned the hearing in the case until Monday (April 19).
Reporter: Amanat Gishkori