Imran Khan insisted on filing reference against Justice Faez Isa: Farogh Naseem

Ex-law minister Farogh Naseem has said that former prime minister Imran Khan had insisted on filing the presidential reference against Supreme Court’s Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

Issuing a detailed verdict in Justice Isa’s review case in January, the Supreme Court had said that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) obtained the tax records of the judge and his family in an “unlawful manner”.

The detailed verdict followed a short order issued on April 26, 2021, where a 10-member full court bench, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, wrapped up the review case.

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It had set aside a June 19, 2020, judgement on the matter and nullified all proceedings that came as a result of it.

On June 19, 2020, a presidential reference filed against Justice Isa over alleged failure to disclose properties in London was quashed by the apex court.

But in an informal conversation with journalists today, the ousted prime minister said it was a mistake to file a reference against the judge while claiming that the then-law minister had briefed him on Justice Isa’s properties and assets.

Responding to the PTI chairman, the MQM-P leader, in a statement issued by a news channel, said he would not speak against Khan, but wanted to “clarify” the facts about the events related to the reference.

“The summary against Justice Faez Isa was a sensitive matter and every aspect of the case was scrutinised […] I had no personal conflict with Justice Isa,” Naseem said, who contested the case on behalf of the government against the SC judge.

He said the ex-premier had insisted on filing the reference against Justice Faez Isa based on the findings of the Asset Recovery Unit (ARU), which was headed by the then-advisor to the prime minister on accountability of Shahzad Akbar.

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