SC takes notice of gas connections 'ordered on PML-N MNAs directives'

The development comes days after PML-N issued one million gas connections ahead of fast approaching elections

Hasnaat Malik March 01, 2018
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Days after the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) reportedly ordered one million gas connections ahead of the general elections, the top court has asked if these can be issued on parliamentarians' directives.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar, while hearing Bani Gala encroachment case, summoned next week the managing directors of Sui northern and southern gas companies.

Justice Nisar also sought a report of the policy to issue connections, and as to how many have been issued last month.

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On the occasion, Justice Ijazul Ahsan questioned whether it was appropriate to issue such connections before the general elections.

The PML-N's move seems to be aimed at wooing voters at a time when the ruling party is facing difficult times in the form of Nawaz Sharif's disqualification, both as the premier and the party's chief since July last year.

Earlier on Thursday, Supreme Court dismissed an application filed by the Sharif family seeking revaluation of wealth tax on their shares in various companies.