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Nov 8, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Maqbool Baqar have followed Justice Yahya Khan Afridi in forcefully dissenting with important elements of the majority judgment of the 10 member Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial in the Presidential Reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa, a fellow Supreme Court judge. Although the majority decision had quashed the Presidential Reference against Justice Isa for “misconduct” requiring a sacking, it had kept the original charge of non-disclosure of his wife’s assets against Justice Isa alive pending a final decision by the Supreme Judicial Council on a report by the FBR relating to the family’s income and assets. The majority judgment had also criticized the conduct and actions of President Arif Alvi, Law Minister Farogh Naseem, Attorney General Mansoor Khan and Assets Recovery Unit head Shahzad Akbar but without attributing any malice to their actions or sanctioning any penalties against them. The dissenting voices have now strongly held otherwise.

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