Barrister Ata Elahi appointed as new AGP

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Law and Justice Thursday announced that Barrister Shehzad Ata Elahi was picked as At-torney General for Pakistan (AGP) — a much-awaited appointment.
A statement released by the ministry and signed by Joint Secretary to the Government of Pakistan, Muhammad Umer Aziz, stated: “ In exercise of powers conferred under Article 100(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Paki-stan 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.”
Article 100(1) states that the president would appoint someone, who was qualified to be appointed a judge of the Su-preme Court, to be the AGP. It must be noted that the federal government had started looking for a new AGP days after Mansoor Usman Awan recused himself from taking charge last month.

President Dr Arif Alvi had approved the appointment of Awan, who is a Supreme Court lawyer, as the AGP on Decem-ber 23 after accepting the resignation of Ashtar Ausaf Ali tendered his resignation in October last year due to health reasons. However, the federal government did not notify the appointment — the reasons for which were not dis-closed officially.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had also called into question the official status of the new AGP after his office failed to assist the apex court in a property-related case.