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Reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa: Have faith in judges, CJP tells people

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa on Sunday has clarified that people of Pakistan should have faith in their judges with regard to reference filed against Justice Qazi Faez Isa and avoid taking law into their hands.

Answering a question on Sunday during a programme organized by the Cambridge Union at the Cambridge University, Justice Khosa said that the matter was solely the prerogative of the Supreme Judicial Council of the country.

Elaborating on the answer, the chief justice said that the government does not hold the authority to remove Justice Qazi Faez Isa. The chief justice asked the people to have faith in the judiciary and assured them a fair trial and rule of law in the proceedings.

The Ministry of Law and Justice has reiterated that it is bound to act upon complaints it receives from the Asset Recovery Unit and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in the best interest of the country.

The ministry on its own has no mechanism to look into the assets of any judge, it said in statement issued on Friday and therefore, a case has been sent to Supreme judicial council.

“The Ministry of Law and Justice and the Law Minister believes in upholding the rule of Law and will continue to do so,” the statement added.

The statement comes amid criticism at Law Minister Barrister Farogh Naseem from a section of press for initiating a case against Supreme Court judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

Chief Justice said that results of establishing model courts for dispensation of justice are good. He said that while penalising a culprit, his family and other circumstances should be considered, adding that it is necessary for justice that circumstances should be taken into account.

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