FO rebukes US State Department’s remarks on Pakistan’s judiciary

Foreign Office (FO) has rebuked the ‘unwarranted’ statement made by US State Department in its ‘Investment Climate Statements for 2021’ report.

In a statement, FO spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri has reiterated that the judiciary in Pakistan is independent and the Courts are functioning in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the country. The allegations to the contrary are firmly denied as factually incorrect and misleading.

We take strong exception to the gratuitous and unwarranted comments made in the report on Pakistan’s judicial system, he said.

As a vibrant democracy, the government of Pakistan firmly believes in the separation of powers between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the state. There is no question of any coercion or pressure on Pakistan’s judiciary. The baseless assertions made in the report are contradicted by innumerable decisions by Pakistani courts at all levels that meet the highest standards of judicial independence.

While the statement acknowledges the progress made and reforms undertaken by Pakistan in improving its business and investment climate, despite extremely difficult circumstances due to the Pandemic, it speculates on alleged shortcomings in Pakistan’s regulatory framework and bases its conclusions on unverifiable sources.

Mutually beneficial cooperation in the areas of economy, trade and investment with the international community including the US is one of the key priorities of the Government of Pakistan.

We will continue to take steps to optimally realize Pakistan’s geo-economic potential, said the spokesperson.

Zahid Haffeez Chaudhri was responding to media queries regarding the Investment Climate Statements for 2021 released by the US Department of State.