Chief Justice summoned authorities of Interior Ministry for cancelling Dar’s passport

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday summoned the authorities of Interior Ministry for canceling former finance minister Ishaq Dar’s passport over failure to appear before the Supreme Court.

A two-member bench headed by the chief justice heard a suo motu case related to former Pakistan Television (PTV) chief Attaullah Haq Qasmi’s appointment as managing director (MD) as well as the amount of salary and perks he received both as chairman and MD of the PTV.

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During the hearing, The chief justice asked the attorney general of Pakistan (AGP) that Where is Ishaq Dar. He warned Ishaq Dar of canceling his passport over persistent absence in the hearing.

The chief justice further remarked that Ishaq Dar was consistently disobeying the orders of the top court, the court cannot bear this behavior. He said that the summoning of the court is not like a joke, in every appearance his medical certificate was presented.

He remarked that court of contempt can be filed for non-appearance of Dar despite summoning. “We will mull over issuing red warrants against Dar,” the chief justice further said. “We will do whatever is necessary to ensure Dar returns to the country,” he added. Justice Nisar then summoned Interior Ministry officials to apprise the court of the steps necessary for the former finance minister’s return.

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