On Saturday, the Supreme Court announced a comprehensive decision in a matter involving review petitions filed by Justice Qazi Faez Isa before the supreme court challenging the presidential reference verdict against him.
Justice Maqbool Baqir, Justice Mazhar Alam, Justice Aminuddin, and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah wrote the decision, with Justice Yahya Afridi adding an extra note.
“This decision must state unequivocally that no one is above the law, including a judge of the highest court in the nation.” At the same time, no one, including a judge of the highest court in the nation, may be denied his right to be treated according to the law,” the judges stated at the outset of the decision.
The contested orders “are determined to have been made by this Court without conforming to the norm of natural justice, fair trial, and due process…”, according to the ruling.
Despite the Supreme Court’s good faith directives, the court “on its own, without putting the parties on notice, without informing them what the Court was contemplating to do, and without inviting and hearing their arguments on the matters dealt with therein, the above-noted legal and constitutional aspects of the impugned directions with their ramifications were not present in the mind of the Court while making the impugned directions.”