SC gives Dar three days to return

Top court warns his passport will be cancelled otherwise

Hasnaat Malik July 10, 2018

ISLAMABAD : The Supreme Court has issued a last warning by giving three days to former finance minister Ishaq Dar to return to Pakistan otherwise his passport will be cancelled. Likewise, various options including contempt proceedings will be considered against him.

The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a case pertaining to the illegal appointment of former MD PTV Attaulhaq Qasmi. Dar was summoned regarding the alleged payment of Rs270 million to Qasmi and his sons. The bench noted that the top court has been disgraced, adding that the court respects everyone. Likewise, its directives should also be respected.

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During the hearing, the bench was told that Dar didn’t appear before the court.

“The apex court has ordered for his production, yet he continues to abscond”, the CJP remarked. “Sit with the foreign ministry and start planning for his return,” Justice Nisar asked the interior secretary and further questioned the secretary about possible steps that can be taken to ensure Dar’s return.

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The bench noted that old medical certificates are being presented to validate his exemption. However, he is reportedly quite healthy and has been seen walking around on roads,” the CJP remarked, in a thinly veiled jibe at a video of deposed premier Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Dar walking to the Avenfield apartments in London on the day of the accountability trial verdict.

During the hearing, the bench also hinted at referring the matter regarding the illegal appointment to NAB.  The court also observed that despite the conviction, if both Maryam and Sharif are coming to Pakistan then what’s stopping Dar.  The hearing of the case is adjourned until July 11.


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