ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court ordered the interior ministry on Thursday to initiate the process of obtaining a red warrant against former finance minister Ishaq Dar, reported Express News.
A two-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a case pertaining to the illegal appointment of former managing director Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) Attaulhaq Qasmi.
Justice Nisar lambasted the interior ministry for its failure to ensure Dar’s presence and asked for documents related to Qasmi’s deployment and emoluments.
CJP ordered the interior secretary to tender an explanation for Dar’s absence and also explain Qasmi’s lucrative salary amounting to Rs1.5 million.
He further hinted at forwarding the case to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for further investigation.
During the hearing, the former finance secretary informed the court that a summary relaying the salary details of the former MD was forwarded by the interior ministry to the finance ministry before being sent to the prime minister house for recommendation.
“How is the prime minister entitled to approve this summary,” the CJP questioned.
The attorney general further requested the court to desist from handing over the case to NAB and recommended that a better solution would be to receive compensation from the accused for the losses incurred.
Advocate Ayesha Hamid requested the court to grant Qasmi time to reimburse the loss.
Justice Nisar remarked that he was fed up of taking over others’ responsibilities.
“No cancer in the country is as fatal as corruption,” he stated.
Justice Aijazul Hasan demanded the interior ministry officials to present their plan for Dar’s retrieval.
Representatives of the interior ministry informed the court that they were awaiting NAB’s request for red warrants against Dar and necessary arrangements in this regard were being made.
The CJP asked if the ministry has any mechanism in place to deal with such cases as there is a dire need to have a protocol through which plunderers can be brought back.
Hearing of the case has been adjourned till July 14.
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