Former CJP comes out openly in defence of Justice Qazi Faez Isa appointment

Former CJP comes out openly in defence of Justice Qazi Faez Isa appointment

ISLAMABAD: The former chief justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has come out openly in defence of the Jutice Qazi Faez Isa.

He has said he stands by the appointment of Justice Qazi Faez Isa and will fully support his case for being constitutional, legal and on merit.

The former CJP on whose recommendation Qazi Isa was appointed CJ Balochistan High Court, told The News here on Saturday that the petition filed against the reputed judge and also fixed for hearing for April 4 by the Supreme Court, cannot be entertained and should have been dismissed in the chamber.

Justice (retd) Iftikhar Chaudhry said Qazi Isa is a man of great repute both as a judge and as a human being and thus should not be humiliated. Recalling his appointment as the chief justice of the BHC, Iftikhar Chaudhry said Qazi’s appointment was in line with law, constitution and the prevailing precedents.

He said there were also some precedents like Justice Tufail Ali Abdur Rehman case which were followed to appoint Qazi Isa as the Chief Justice of BHC when all the judges of the BHC had to retire following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Sindh High Court Bar Association case of July 31, 2009.

Iftikhar Chaudhry said in accordance with the pre-18th Amendment constitutional mechanism, the appointment was made in consultation with the then chief justice, governor Balochistan and the president.

Since the BHC was non-functional after the retirement of all the judges, he said, Qazi Isa was appointed directly as the CJ BHC where he continued till his elevation in the apex court in 2014. Qazi Isa’s role was also instrumental in the appointment of other judges in the high court.

Justice (retd) Iftikhar said the petition filed in the Supreme Court against Qazi Isa’s appointment two years ago cannot be entertained. Initially, the petition was filed in the IHC which dismissed the same with cost, Iftikhar Chaudhry said, lamenting that it has now been fixed for hearing before the Supreme Court.

Chaudhry said that fixing such a petition for hearing before a Supreme Court bench was beyond his expectation. It should have been dismissed in the chamber, he said.