Pakistan: SC judge Iqbal Hameedur Rehman of Aasia Bibi appeal bench tenders resignation

Last week, a reference was also filed against Justice Hameedur Rehman by IHC’s Bar Secretary Waqas Malik. He was appointed as a SC judge in February 2013.

ISLAMABAD: Days after he was accused of making illegal appointments in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), Supreme Court judge Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman tendered his resignation from the post on Sunday.

“I hereby resign [from] from my office…,” the apex court judge wrote in a letter addressed to President Mamnoon Hussain.

Last month, the Supreme Court had annulled 74 appointments in the IHC, observing that the court’s then top judge, Hameedur Rehman, and administration panel had disregarded their mandate in making the hirings. However, lawyers say he is man of integrity.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, the apex court adjourned the hearing of Aasia Bibi’s final appeal against her execution in a blasphemy case after the senior judge recused himself from the case. “I was a part of the bench that was hearing the case of Salmaan Taseer, and this case is related to that,” he told the court.

Last week, a reference was also filed against Justice Hameedur Rehman by IHC’s Bar Secretary Waqas Malik. He was appointed as a SC judge in February 2013.

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