SC suspends Ishaq Dar's Senate membership

The hearing of the case has been adjourned until June

Hasnaat Malik May 08, 2018
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar appearing before an accountability court in Islamabad on Sep 27, 2017. PHOTO: SABAH

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended former finance minister Ishaq Dar's Senate seat's notification, ordering that the former minister cannot be a member of the Upper House.

"Whenever we talk about his court appearance he becomes ill but looks good on TV," Justice Ijazul Ahsan observed.

The hearing of the case is adjourned until June. Nasir Bhutta appeared on Dar's behalf and stated that the medical certificate and report has been submitted which proves his illness.

Last month, Dar contended before the Supreme Court (SC) that there was no provision under law and Constitution barring an absconder from contesting elections.

The reply, submitted by Advocate Salman Aslam Butt, says that after the enactment of 18th Amendment, there was no prohibition under the law that Dar could not contest for Senate elections.

“Having canvassed the amendments made to Article 63 of the Constitution … there is no prohibition on a person who has been declared an absconder from contesting the Senate elections. Accordingly, an appeal is liable to be dismissed,” the reply reads.

Law does not prohibit absconder from contesting elections: Dar’s reply to SC

The reply was submitted to the top court over the petition wherein Dar’s nomination papers for Senate elections had been challenged after Lahore High Court (LHC) had allowed him to contest.

“A person can only be debarred from contesting the elections if his case falls squarely within the strict scope of the qualification and disqualification stipulated by the Constitution and by law. Since the law favours a liberal interpretation … therefore the Writ Petition was not maintainable,” the reply also reads.

On February 17, an appellate election tribunal of the LHC granted Dar permission to contest Senate election, setting aside an order of the returning officer (RO) who had rejected his nomination papers. On March 3, the former finance minister won a Senate seat as a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) backed independent candidate.


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