Islamabad (Staff Report): The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered former finance minister Ishaq Dar to appear before the court.
The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, heard a petition moved by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate Nawazish Pirzada against Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict allowing Dar to submit his nomination papers for the Senate election.
During today’s hearing, the CJP remarked: “Where is Ishaq Dar? You can bring him here today or tomorrow. We had issued orders summoning Dar.”
Responding to this, Dar's legal counsel, Advocate Salman Aslam Butt, said that Dar is unwell and seeking treatment in London. Hearing this, the top judge remarked that a sickness cannot last this long.
“Tell us when he will appear before court. We can even issue him a protective bail. We have issued orders once, we can't issue them again,” observed the chief justice, adding that, "We are present here till 8pm in the evening."
The CJP then said that the notice issued to Dar earlier had directed him to appear before the top court under any circumstances.
On March 9, the LHC decision to allow Dar to contest the Senate elections was challenged in the SC. The petition, moved by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate Nawazish Pirzada, requests the top court to suspend the LHC order.