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Did Justice Qazi Faez Isa receive a death threat?

According to Justice Faez Isa’s wife, someone threatened her husband and requested the police to register an FIR. “I do not want to lose my husband,” she said.

Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s wife Sarina Isa on Wednesday informed police that her husband has received a death threat via a video. Analysts believe that the authorities must probe into the matter so that the impression that judges are being targeted can be dispelled. Did Justice Qazi Faez Isa receive a death threat?

In an application seeking the registration of a first information report (FIR) in Islamabad’s Secretariat Police Station, Sarina said that the person threatening Justice Isa said that whoever is caught in embezzlement, whether it be Faez Isa or anyone else, should be executed through a firing squad.

Only those who indulge in such activities must be hanged and the entire city should be invited to watch it, the person in the video said, according to Justice Isa’s wife.

Sarina said that many powerful people were not happy with her husband and she suspected the death threat was in continuation of what they have been facing.

She said that a complaint against her husband was submitted by a person named Abdul Waheed Dogar. “My husband asked who Abdul Waheed Dogar is but no one in the government disclosed that for whom Abdul Waheed Dogar worked,” she said, claiming that Special Assistant to the PM on Accountability Shahzad Akbar has met Dogar, urging the police officials to investigate the whereabouts of Dogar, who, according to her, was being used by “some very powerful people.”

“I suspect that whoever ordered the journalist Mr Ahmed Noorani to be beaten up is the real mastermind and the person who wants to eliminate my husband,” she alleged. She urged the police officials to arrest those “powerful people” who wanted to get rid of Justice Isa, calling it the “worst kind of terrorism”.

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Earlier, Justice Qazi Faez Isa appeared before the Supreme Court of Pakistan and explained conveyed his wife’s message to the bench hearing the case pertaining to a presidential reference against him. “My wife has suffered a lot due to the presidential reference against me. Today I want to convey her message to court that she wants to talk about her assets in the UK through a video call. She isn’t in a position to write a written reply. Her father is suffering from cancer,” Justice Isa said during the hearing, to which SC judge Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked that this was a positive development in the case.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa receive death threat: Reference against Justice Quashed

On Friday, the top court had quashed the presidential reference filed against Justice Isa as well as the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) proceedings that were started on the basis of the reference.

Back in October 2019, the government informed the Supreme Court (SC) that Justice Qazi Faez Isa was the ‘ostensible owner’ of three properties in the United Kingdom as his family members purchased the assets at a time when they had no independent source of income. The government in its response lamented over the behavior of Justice Isa who instead of addressing the questions raised in the reference started vilifying the complainant. The response was submitted by then-Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan.

A 10-judge full court had issued the verdict after hearing for over six months multiple petitions filed against the reference that claimed that Justice Isa had committed misconduct by not disclosing his family members properties in the United Kingdom in his wealth statement.

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“Reference No 1 of 2019 is declared to be of no legal effect whatsoever and stands quashed, and in consequence, thereof the proceedings pending in the SJC against the petitioner [Justice Isa] including the show-cause notice dated 17.07.2019 issued to him stand abated,” said a short order.

In the split verdict, announced by the presiding judge Umar Ata Bandial, seven out of the 10 judges referred the matter to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for initiating tax proceedings against Justice Isa’s spouse and children for not disclosing their UK properties to the tax authorities while filing their returns.

So as did Justice Qazi Faez Isa receive death threat from an unknown man, the authorities are expected to probe into the matter to ensure a senior judge of the apex court carries out his professional duties without any pressure.