Reference against Justice Khosa turned into a mystery

ISLAMABADNational Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq’s reference against Supreme Court’s Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has turned into a mystery with both the attorney general and the NA spokesperson denying that there was such a complaint.

The complaint against the SC judge was reportedly filed with the Supreme Judicial Council under Article 209 of the Constitution for delivering the April 20 verdict in which he questioned Sadiq’s ruling in favour of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

However, Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali said no reference against Justice Khosa had been filed.

“It appears that someone or some political party is trying to create a wedge between the legislature and the judiciary,” he said in a statement.

“You may have noticed a lot of disinformation being spread around. The idea seems to be to create despondency,” he added.

Similarly, the spokesperson for the NA on Saturday afternoon also denied that any such reference had been filed against Justice Khosa.

He claimed that it was a rumour aimed at maligning the speaker’s reputation.

The reference, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, read: “…unfortunately Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa in his judgement has attributed ‘the failure on the part of the Honourable Speaker to inquire into or investigate the matter or to refer the matter to the Election Commission of Pakistan’,” read the complaint reportedly submitted by the NA speaker.

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