President appoints Barrister Shehzad Ata Elahi as AGP

ISLAMABAD: The much-awaited appointment of the Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) was announced by the Ministry of Law and Justice on Thursday, with the announcement that Barrister Shehzad Ata Elahi had been picked as the country's AGP.

“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,” a statement released by the ministry and signed by Joint Secretary to the Government of Pakistan, Muhammad Umer Aziz, announced.

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.

It must be noted that the federal government has started looking for a new AGP days after Mansoor Usman Awan recused himself from taking charge, The News reported last month.

President Dr Arif Alvi 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 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 disclosed 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.

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