A three-judge bench of Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has rejected a petition seeking the disqualification of Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari.
As he hearing went underway, the counsel of the petitioner said, “Bukhari is working as a minister and attends federal cabinet meetings.” “Bukhari is signing foreign agreements which this is the job of a minister.” At this, the chief justice remarked, “Who is Zulfi Bukhari and where has he come from – bring the whole summary. How did he write that he is a state minister on his website?” To this, Bukhari’s lawyer said , “My client has not claimed the status of a state minister and it is because of him that British Airways is resuming operations to the country.”
Justice Nisar then said, “It would have been better if you worked to improve Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) instead.What is Bukhari’s qualification? Brave people should be appointed in Naya Pakistan.” “Appointing special assistants may be the prime minister’s right but it does not mean that he can do whatever he likes. Show me the summary that was sent to the prime minister and how Bukhari was appointed special adviser,” CJP said.
“We cannot sack Bukhari on your request but can make suggestions to the Parliament.” The chief justice added, “You have not carefully read the order. We have made recommendations to the Parliament, and have not imposed a ban.” “You should have challenged the rules of business against Bukhari’s appointment. We value overseas Pakistanis and how they participated in collecting funds for the dam fund,” Justice Nisar added.
In September, a petitioner moved the Supreme Court against Bukhari’s appointment as the premier’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis and human resource development as he is a dual national.
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17 November, 2019