ISLAMABAD: A full court reference to honor Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa, who is retiring today (Friday), is underway in Supreme Court (SC).
While addressing the reference, the CJP said he had not supported the special court verdict of former president and top military official Pervez Musharraf’s treason case.
Media has misrepresented my stance on this issue. The truth will be brought forward soon, he added.
Additional Attorney General had accused me of affecting the treason case but, these allegations are baseless and incorrect, the CJP went on to say.
On the occasion, SC judges, Vice Chairman Pakistan Bar Council Amjad Shah, president of the apex court and other members were also present.
However, Justice Qazi Faez Isa was on leave and attorney general was abroad due to which, they didn’t attend the reference.
Earlier today, while holding the last hearing of his career, the CJP extended best wishes to everyone and hoped for the bright future of judiciary in the country.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will be succeeded by Justice Gulzar Ahmed who is the most senior judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan after him. Justice Gulzar Ahmaed will take oath as CJP on Saturday.
Since 1998, Justice Khosa passed several landmark judgements during his tenure as a judge of the higher judiciary and noted significant judicial observations.
The cases that brought him international fame include disqualification of two sitting prime minister – Syed Yousaf Raza Galani and Mian Nawaz Sharif – and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s most recent extension trial.