UK Lawyer Accuses Law Ministry of Using Chief Justice’s Office Name for Wrongful Appointments

United Kingdom Lincoln’s Inn Barrister, an overseas Pakistani, has unearthed a unique kind of scam involving Law Ministry officials, to misuse the office name of Chief Justice of Pakistan in the appointment of Judicial Members (BS 21) in the Appellate Tribunal Inland Revenue (Lahore, Karachi & Peshawar).

Serious flaws in the appointment of three (3) Judicial Members (BS 21) in the ATIR (Lahore, Karachi & Peshawar) vide Notification dated 9 August 2023 issued by the Ministry of Law, Government of Pakistan have been unearthed by an overseas Pakistani Barrister of the United Kingdom Lincoln’s Inn and referred the matter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan on 18 November 2023.

UK-based Pakistani Barrister has accused the Applicant of being a patriotic Pakistani and has decided to approach the Chief Justice of Pakistan to report a fraud having been committed in his name by the Ministry of Law.

ATIR is a “Judicial Forum” presently working under the administrative control of the Ministry of Law. Appointments of Judicial Members of the Tribunal are regulated in accordance with the law read with Article 193 (subjective criterion for appointment of Judicial Member is same as applicable for appointment of Judges in High Courts of Pakistan).

In two appointments made on 17 July 2023, the Government of Pakistan had made a consultation with the Chief Justice. Subsequently, on 09 August 2023, the Government of Pakistan made three further appointments of Judicial Members, however, these appointments have been made without any such consultation. This is even though, on the face of the notification; it does say that the appointments have been made after such a consultation with the honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Nevertheless, practically, no such consultation has been made and no correspondence has been exchanged between the Government of Pakistan and the Supreme Court of Pakistan in this regard, he accused.

The Applicant can say so because it had been impossible for the honorable Chief Justice to agree with the appointment of one of the appointees as a Judicial Member, who had retired as an officer of Inland Revenue just in 2019. He did not even meet the basic qualification of being a Judicial Member, in as much as he was not qualified to become a Judge of the High Court. Hence, the applicant has a strong reason to believe that fraud has been committed by the Ministry of Law in the name of the Chief Justice.

Pakistan is undergoing a very difficult phase and economic crisis in which each organ of the state is to play its role. This is quite concerning for many expatriate Pakistanis. The ATIR is the final fact[1]finding authority in matters relating to income tax, sales tax, and excise duty. It has a very crucial role to play and the appointments in this tribunal can play a pivotal role in the recovery of Pakistan from the economic crisis.

If the appointments in such an institution are made by playing fraud in the name of the Chief Justice, then this raises concern for us Pakistanis who are sending their hard-earned incomes back to Pakistan so that it can improve its foreign exchange reserves and deal with the economic crisis.

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