Justice Qazi Faiz Isa Reference: Important step taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan
*ISLAMABAD - Over the issue of **Justice Qazi Faiz Isa Reference, Important step taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan after two Judges voluntarily rescued themselves from hearing the case. *
*The Supreme Court directed on Tuesday that a Full Court hear Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s petition challenging the presidential reference against him.*
*A written order* link was issued on Tuesday by a seven-member bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial in which it was decided that a full court will hear the petition. It forwarded the matter to Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.
“In the circumstances, to further promote transparency in the proceedings and confidence of all persons interested in these proceedings, it is directed that the full court may be constituted in these connected matters. The file may be placed before the Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan for passing appropriate orders,” read the order.
The case was heard by Justice Bandial, Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel.
Justice Isa’s lawyer, Munir A Malik, filed a petition seeking the recusal of Justice Ahsan and Justice Tariq on Tuesday. Though the bench ruled that their submissions “did not carry weight” and that the judges did not have to recuse themselves, they did so voluntarily.