In response to the demand by the Women’s Action Forum (WAF), which had invoked Article 19A of the Constitution, and the right to information laws to seek the inquiry about Justice Qazi Faez Isa, his wife Safina Isa and children, the Supreme Court (SC) judge’s family voluntarily disclosed their personal assets, the income tax they paid from the year 2018 to 2020 and the privileges he enjoys as a member of the judiciary.
Justice Isa issued a statement saying that he had paid Rs2.2 million as income tax in 2018 on the income of Rs15 million earned that year, Rs1.79 million tax in 2019 on the income of Rs17 million and Rs2.6 million tax in 2020 on the income of Rs21 million.
Along with the Rs41 million in local bank accounts, and Rs4 million in foreign currency accounts, the judge declared three properties. These were an 800-square-yard plot in Phase 2 of DHA, Karachi, which he had then later built a house upon; another 800-square-yard open plot in DHA, Karachi; a 200-yard-square commercial plot in Phase 5 of DHA, Karachi. All of these had been bought when Justice Isa had been practicing law.
In addition to this, the judge inherited two properties from his late father. Namely, a half share in a plot in Ziarat, Balochistan, next to the Quaid’s Residency, and a 0ne-Kanal house in Phase 1 of DHA, Lahore, which has been rented out.
The statement pointed out that during his time in the Balochistan High Court (BHC) and Supreme Court (SC), he had never applied for a plot; furthermore, he pointed out that he had been offered one, but had refused.
According to his statement, the official perks Justice Isa enjoys are one official residence in Islamabad, which includes two servants provided by the government, one cook, part-time gardener and cleaners, 2017 and 2015 model Honda Civic cars, along with an allowance of up to 600 litres of petrol per month, and free medical treatment at approved hospitals.
Furthermore, Justice Isa said that he was given utilities of 300 free local calls, 2,000 units of electricity and 25 hundred cubic metres of gas per month.
Regarding the judge’s wife, Sabina Isa showed herself as an independent tax filer in both the United Kingdom and Pakistan. She also elected to disclose her personal asset details, wherein it was learned that she paid an income tax of Rs576,540 in 2018, she paid Rs809,970 tax in 2019, and Rs1 million tax in 2020.
She showed Rs15 million in local bank accounts and Rs25 million in foreign currency accounts. Along with this, she owns Rs21 million in saving certificates.
Sarina further revealed that she owned 2,243 kanals of land, which had been managed by her father until his passing on June 25 this year. Along with this, she also owns a plot in Shah Latif Town, Karachi, which has been encroached upon, and three offshore properties in London.
They do not have dependents, as their daughter and son are 33 and 30 respectively. The former lives in Pakistan and pays taxes in both Pakistan and UK, while the latter works and lives in the UK, and only pays taxes there.
The WAF had in August of last year issued a statement to seek information of the assets of those who held public office, including the justices and judges of the SC and other high courts, as well as high-ranking military officials such as the army chief, major generals, air chief marshalls, air and navy admirals, and more.