The Supreme Court on Monday (Nov 12) accepted the petition challenging the appointment of Zulfi Bukhari, and issued notice to Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Cabinet Division. Prime Minister Imran Khan, Bukhari and the Cabinet Division were made respondents in the petition. Zulfi Bukhari, the PM’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis and human resource development, is facing dual nationality, charges.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a petition. As the hearing went under way, the petitioner’s counsel, Zafar Iqbal, said, “There is no post such as a special assistant as per the law.”
The chief justice asked, “How does a special assistant’s post come under a federal or a state minister? You say that Bukhari is a dual national and cannot be a member of the Parliament and thus not hold a ministry either.” “The post of special assistants has been created so those who cannot become ministers can be appointed as advisers,” Justice Nisar added.
The petitioner’s lawyer then said, “Bukhari admitted before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that is a dual national.”
To this, the top judge said, “As per the Constitution, a dual national cannot be made minister but the question is whether he cannot be appointed as special assistant either.”
The bench then adjourned the hearing till November 16 (Friday).
Bukhari was appointed as a special assistant to the prime minister on overseas in September.
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21 August, 2019