President Dr. Arif Alvi has accepted the resignation letter of the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s Judge Justice Sayyed Muhammad Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi today (Thursday, January 11).
According to the media reports, President Dr. Arif Alvi accepted the resignation on the advice of Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar under Article 179 of the constitution.
It is pertinent to mention here that Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi has stepped down from his post following misconduct allegations on Wednesday, January 10. He said in a resignation letter sent to President Dr. Arif Alvi, “It was an honor to be appointed and to serve as a Judge first of the Lahore High Court, Lahore, and then as the Supreme Court of Pakistan. In the circumstances which are a matter of public knowledge and to some extent public record, it is no longer possible for me to continue to serve as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Considerations of due process also compel so. I, therefore. effective today resign as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.”
The reports further stated that the development came a day after the Supreme Court of Pakistan declined to halt the proceedings being conducted by the SJC against Justice Naqvi with the ruling that without hearing the case on merits, a stay cannot be granted.