SC suspends Ishaq Dar’s senatorship on temporary basis
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court suspended on Tuesday former finance minister Ishaq Dar’s senatorship on a temporary basis, rejecting the medical certificate submitted by his counsel.
A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar heard a case against the acceptance of Dar’s nomination papers in the recent Senate elections. The court had summoned former finance minister, but Dar could not appear before court.
The chief justice questioned why Dar did not show up in court despite being summoned at the last hearing. Submitting a medical certificate, Dar’s counsel informed the court that his client is unwell and will appear once he is able enough. The chief justice rejected the certificate and remarked that Dar will have to appear in court one day.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked during the hearing that the former minister seems healthy when he appears on TV but submits medical reports to the court stating his inability to return to the country.
A petition, moved by Pakistan Peoples Party’s Nawazish Pirzada, had requested the apex court to suspend the Lahore High Court judgment allowing Dar to contest the March 3 Senate elections. He was successfully elected to the Senate from Punjab but is yet to be administered oath. The hearing was then adjourned until after Eidul Fitr.