ISLAMABAD - Munir A Malik Advocate has been appointed as Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP).

The notification of his appointment was issued Friday by President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Munir A Malik is an eminent lawyer and is held in high esteem in the country's legal fraternity. He was one of the leaders of the lawyers' movement for the reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in 2007. He also served as the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA). Malik will replace Irfan Qadir.

Salahuddin Khan adds: Taling to Nawa-i-Waqt, Munir Malik said that legal aspects of important cases like high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf, rental power projects as well as Swiss courts and money laundering against President Zardari will be reviewed afresh.

The AGP, however, made it clear that no revengeful action would be taken against any person. He said, as a law officer, he would help build confidence and cordial relations between the government and the judiciary.

He added he would play his role in the implementation of the courts’ verdicts in accordance with the spirit of the Constitution and law.

When asked about the future policy of the new government, he said everything would be done as per law, besides discouraging corruption and unlawful actions. He was of the firm belief that only implementation of law could strengthen the institutions. “We have to strengthen the institutions, and not personalities. The AGP said he believed in the rule of law.

Answering a question, he said, currently, he was in Karachi and would appear in the Supreme Court on Monday (June 10) after taking the charge of his office.