Pakistan: Additional attorney general resigns over government interference in judiciary

PTI Islamabad, Pakistan May 30, 2019, 10.48 AM(IST)

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Ebrahim in his resignation sent to President Arif Alvi said that he took the decision after reports in the media that Alvi ordered formal probes of misconduct against some judges of the Supreme Court and the Sindh High Court.

Pakistan's additional attorney general Zahid F Ebrahim on Wednesday resigned as a protest against alleged interference in the judiciary by the government.

Ebrahim in his resignation sent to President Arif Alvi said that he took the decision after reports in the media that Alvi ordered formal probes of misconduct against some judges of the Supreme Court and the Sindh High Court.

He said that it was a "reckless attempt to browbeat the judiciary", as one of the probes was reportedly against a judge who gave a verdict against sit-in by a religious party in 2017. The judge had criticized the role of security and intelligence institutions. 

"In view of the above, I cannot in good conscience continue in office," Ebrahim added.

Though the names of the judges have not been revealed but media reports showed said that the Supreme Court judge to be probed was Qazi Faez Esa who is considered independent-minded.