ISLAMABAD: A judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman has on Sunday resigned from his office with immediate effect.
The hand-written resignation has been sent to the President of Pakistan, but does state any reason except that he has resigned under Article 206 of the Constitution of Pakistan.
“I hereby resign (from) from my office by writing under my hand addressed to you today the 23rd of October 2016,” he said.
Justice Rehman was part of the panel of the Islamabad High Court, which has been accused by the Supreme Court of Pakistan of illegal appointments and the violation of merit.
The apex court had annulled the appointments and said that if such irregularities were found in the auspicious courts, then it could not be eradicated from the society.
A reference has been sent against Chief Justice IHC Justice Anwar Khan Kasi and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman to the Supreme Judicial Commission for further inquiry. The reference was filed by advocate Arif Chaudhry. However, Justice Rehman has tendered his resignation before it can be accepted.
Justice Rehman was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in February 2013. He was confirmed as a judge of the Lahore High Court in 2007, and was elevated to the apex court after the passing of the 18th Amendment.
He was born in Dakka in 1956 and obtained his professional degree of LL.B. from the Punjab University Lahore in 1980. He is the son of Justice Hamoodur Rehman who was appointed the Chief Justice on Pakistan in 1968, and was the author of the “Hamood ur Rahman Commission Report” which inquired into the circumstances leading to the breakup of Pakistan in 1971.