Attorney General of Pakistan Barrister Shehzad Ata Elahi resigns

ISLAMABAD – Barrister Shehzad Ata Elahi (R) called on President Arif Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr on February 6, soon after his appointment as Attorney General of Pakistan .–Photo courtesy social media

ISLAMABAD – Barrister Shehzad Ata Elahi has resigned as attorney general of Pakistan (AGP) after serving in this position for less than two months.

Quoting sources, Geo News said Elahi resigned from office on Friday due to personal reasons.

The Ministry of Law and Justice announced on February 2 that Barrister Shehzad Ata Elahi had been picked as AGP.

A statement released by the ministry and signed by Joint Secretary to the Government of Pakistan Umer Aziz had stated at that time: “In exercise of powers conferred under Article 100(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973, the President is pleased to appoint Barrister Shehzad Ata Elahi as Attorney General for Pakistan with the rank and status of Federal Minister with immediate effect.”

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Article 100(1) states that the president would appoint someone, who was qualified to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court, to be the AGP.

Elahi filled the shoes of AGP after Mansoor Usman Awan recused himself from taking charge as the government’s top lawyer.

President Dr Arif Alvi had approved the appointment of Awan, who is a Supreme Court lawyer, as the AGP on December 23 after accepting the resignation of Ashtar Ausaf Ali. Ali had tendered his resignation in October last year on health grounds.

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