PM directs Law Minister to withdraw Curative Review Reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday directed Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar to withdraw Curative Review Reference against Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said CRR was only to blame the Justice Qazi Faez Isa and his family members.

On June 19, 2020, seven judges of a 10-judge bench quashed a presidential reference against Justice Isa but also ordered the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to conduct an inquiry into the judge’s family members’ foreign assets and submit a report to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC).

The three judges – Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Yahya Afridi – had opposed the majority order to refer the matter to the FBR.

When Justice Isa and a number of other petitioners filed review petitions against the SC’s June 19 order, the CJP formed a six-member bench comprising judges who wrote the majority order. One of the majority judges, Faisal Arab, has already retired.

The petitioners later challenged the constitution of the review bench and requested the court to also include in the bench the three judges who had written the minority judgment.

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