New AGP declines to represent govt in Justice Esa case
While declining to represent the federation in Justice Qazi Faez Isa case in the Supreme Court, the newly appointed Attorney General for Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan has maintained that he had already given his opinion regarding the case.
On his first day in office Monday, the Attorney General told the apex court “It is a controversial case and therefore I cannot represent the government in this particular case. It would be injustice with the federation if I represent the government in this case.”
The AGP then requested the court to accept Additional Attorney General Amir Rehman as his replacement as he has attached to the case for some time.
“But you requested for three weeks’ time,” the court asked.
The new AGP said “I’m going abroad on an official visit, not for personal reason, and hence request the apex court to extend the date to March 20.”
On this the court accepted Khalid Jawed’s request, saying “We’re allowing you additional time for more preparation,” and adjourned the court till March 30.
Justice Umer Ata Bandial remarked “We reckon Additional AG is prepared to represent the case,” adding that we’re living in a society where the courts are centre of the criticism. “However, we want to focus our attention on the case,” said the judge.