CJP Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has warned former finance minister Ishaq Dar to cancel his passport if he does not appear before Supreme Court today.
Chief Justice of Pakistan inquired attorney general of Pakistan who heads a three judge bench of the Supreme court about Ishaq Dar.
The three judge bench is hearing a PTV MD Appointment case related to former PTV chief Attaullah Haq Qasmi’s appointment as managing director and the amount of salary and perks he received both as chairman and MD of the channel.
Justice Saqib Nisar warned, that court will revoke Ishaq Dar’s passport as he did not before the court despite being summoned.
He further said, “We will mull over issuing red warrants against Ishaq Dar.”
Directing that Ishaq Dar’s counsel be summoned to inform the Supreme court as to why his client did not appear for the hearing today.
Justice Nisar said, “We will do whatever is necessary to ensure Ishaq Dar returns to the country.”
Justice Nisar then summoned Interior Ministry officials to explain the court of the essential steps taken for the former finance minister Ishaq Dar’s return.
The hearing of the case has been briefly adjourned till Interior Ministry officials appear before the three-judge bench.
During the last hearing of the case on July 5, Justice Saqib Nisar had observed that he will announce his decision in the case today and had asked Ishaq Dar and the former finance secretary to record their statements.
Attaullah Haq Qasmi – PTV MD Appointment Case
Attaullah Haq Qasmi is a noted author and playwright. Attaullah Haq Qasmi is a recipient of the Pride of Performance Award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz.
He was appointed the chairman of PTV in 2015. PTV and appointment Controversy aroused when in April 2017, he appointed himself the MD as well.
The Supreme Court was informed by the additional attorney general and information secretary that Attaullah Haq Qasmi had reportedly received a total of Rs 278 million in salaries and advertising cuts during his two-year stint at PTV.