Govt decides to appoint Khalid Jawed Khan as new Attorney General

Anwar Mansoor Khan and Khalid Jawed Khan

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday announced that the government has decided to appoint barrister Khalid Jawed Khan as new Attorney General of Pakistan.

In a tweet, the special assistant said supremacy of the Constitution and law is the top priority of PM Imran Khan, adding that the government respects all the constitutional institutions.

The decision was taken after Anwar Mansoor Khan resigned as AGP on the demand of Pakistan Bar Council.

Anwar Mansoor Khan had forwarded his resignation to President Dr. Arif Alvi which states, “I note with profound regret that the Pakistan Bar Council, of which I am the Chairman, has demanded through its Press Release dated 19th of February 2020 that I resign forthwith from the Office of the Attorney-General for Pakistan.

“Being a life member of Karachi Bar Association, Sindh Bar Association and the Supreme Court Bar Association, and having previously served as the Advocate-General Sindh, the Attorney-General for Pakistan and a judge of the High Court of Sindh, I stand with my brothers and colleagues at the Bar and I wish to reaffirm my faith in the highest principles of integrity and professional excellence that the Pakistan Bar Council has always stood for.

 “Accordingly, I hereby resign from the position of the Attorney-General for Pakistan and request you to accept it with immediate effect. In the last year and a half, I worked to the best of my ability to serve this solemn office with honesty of purpose, and commitment to upholding the constitution.

“I wish my successor the very best of success and pray that God may continue to shower His countless blessings on our motherland and nation.”

Following the resignation of Anwar Mansoor, Prime Minister Imran Khan had strictly directed the party’s representatives to refrain themselves from passing any comments about the judiciary.

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