SC nullifies suspension notification of Zafar Qureshi


The Supreme Court (SC) canceled the notification issued by the federal government regarding the suspension of additional director-general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Zafar Quershi and directed him to take charge of the investigations in the multi-billion rupee land scam in the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL).
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry constituted a three member bench to hear the case regarding the suspension of Zafar Qureshi.
The apex court directed the government not to initiate any action whatsoever against Zafar Qureshi without prior permission from the court.
Justice Shakirullah Jan read out the ruling as CJP Chaudhry was in Lahore for the hearing another significant case.
The court declared that attorney general failed to submit prime minister’s reaction on the issue.
In its previous hearing, the court had also asked for replies of prime minister, interior minister, interior secretary and establishment division secretary, but no response was received from them.
Earlier on July 1, the court ordered the federal government to take back notification regarding the suspension of Zafar Qureshi, who was ordered by the court to resume investigations. However, he was suspended again within 72 hours of his reinstatement for talking to media without departmental authorization.


  1. The CJP has stepped well beyond his domain. It would be better for him to resign from his present position and apply for a job where he can be an Investigator or Prosecutor. He does not seem to have job satisfaction in his present position. If he resigns, the people of Pakistan will have got rid of our history's most prejudiced judiciary. Despite all our faults, we deserve a better CJP.

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