The Ministry of Law and Justice on Saturday notified Khalid Javed Khan as the new attorney general for Pakistan. As per the notification issued by the law ministry, President Dr Arif Alvi has appointed Khalid Javed Khan as attorney general for Pakistan. “The president is pleased to appoint Mr Khalid Javed Khan as Attorney General for Pakistan with the rank and status of federal minister with immediate effect,” read the notification issued by the ministry. Khan has replaced Anwar Mansoor Khan who had resigned from the post on Thursday, a day after levelling allegations against some members of the Supreme Court bench hearing petitions challenging the filing of presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa. In his resignation letter, Anwar wrote that he was a lifetime member of the Karachi, Sindh and Supreme Court bar associations and wanted to “reaffirm faith in the highest principles of integrity and professional excellence that the Pakistan Bar Council has always stood for”. “Accordingly, I hereby resign from the position of the Attorney General for Pakistan and request you to accept it with immediate effect,” he said. “In the last year and a half, I worked to the best of my ability to serve this solemn office with honesty of purpose, and commitment to upholding the constitution,” he added. Besides tendering his resignation, Anwar later also submitted a written apology to the apex court. Reports said Khan was selected from among eight eminent lawyers. Besides Khan, the other lawyers considered for this post were Abid Zuberi, Punjab advocate general Ahmad Jamal Sukhera, Syed Ali Zafar, Kamal Azfar, Naeem Bukhari and Molvi Anwarul Haq. Khan has also served as the attorney general during the interim government prior to the July 2018 general elections.