Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Javed Khan on Monday recused himself from representing the government in the Justice Qazi Faez Isa case.
“There is a conflict of interest here,” AG Khan said. “The government has recommended the name of additional attorney general to represent it in the Supreme Court.”
Khan was appointed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government as the new Attorney General after Anwar Mansoor Khan resigned from the office earlier on Thursday.
The Pakistan Bar Council had demanded Mansoor’s resignation over some comments he made regarding Supreme Court judges, for which he had been reprimanded by the court as well.
The Supreme Court had on Wednesday directed Mansoor to produce evidence supporting his comments or submit a written apology about his controversial statement.
The statement itself had been expunged from the court record.
However, Mansoor apologised the top court and said,”he has the highest regard and respect for this Hon’ble Court and cannot think of causing any adverse comment as to the honour, honest and integrity of the Hon’ble Court.”
The government also distanced itself from Mansoor in a statement submitted to the top court.
Government sought three-week adjournment
Additional Attorney General Chaudhry Aamir Rehman had filed an application on Friday with the Supreme Court submitting that the hearing of the petition of Justice Qazi Faez Isa as well as the identical petitions challenging the presidential reference fixed for February 24 may be adjourned for three weeks.
“The instant matter may be adjourned for three weeks so as to permit the federation to appoint a new Attorney General for Pakistan, who may require time to prepare the case,” the federal government added.