Supreme Court (SC) Justice Qazi Faez Isa, who is facing a presidential reference in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) for possessing alleged offshore properties in the name of his wife, has accused Prime Minister Imran Khan and other politicians of holding offshore properties in his reply to the court, according to a private news channel’s report on Saturday.
According to the report, the 116-page response submitted to the apex court by Justice Isa’s counsel Munir A Malik on Saturday pointed out that several personalities had concealed their assets abroad through offshore companies, and PM Imran was prominent among them.
Justice Isa maintained that his wife and children had never concealed any assets abroad using offshore companies, and the properties they own were bought in their own names.
The defense counsel further observed that the government had hired a private company in the UK to gather information about his client’s family but could not present any evidence of money laundering.
He also questioned the legality of the Assets Recovery Unit headed by PM’s aide on Accountability Shehzad Akbar as it was mentioned in any of the provisions of the government’s gazette or the rules of the federal government.
It may be noted here that the attorney general, Anwar Mansoor, representing the federal government in the case lost his job after he accused the Supreme Court bench of bias in the Justice Isa case. After his resignation, the government had sought a three-week adjournment in the case.
The bench is headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, comprising Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed heard the case regarding proceedings of the SJC against Justice Isa.
In May, President Arif Alvi authorised the filing of references with the SJC against Justice Isa and Sindh High Court’s Justice KK Agha for allegedly not disclosing their foreign properties in their wealth statements.
The reference filed against Justice Qazi Faez Isa alleges that he acquired three properties in London on lease in the name of his wife and children between 2011 and 2015, but did not disclose them in wealth returns. The reference was subsequently challenged by the judge in the Supreme Court and full-court bench was formed to take up various plea filed against the reference.