Islamabad (September 19, 2018): The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday issued directives to remove former finance minister Ishaq Dar from the chairman’s post of University of Health Sciences (UHS) Board of Governor.
Ishaq Dar who was re-elected chairman of the BoG in December 2015 for a term of three years had been declared absconder in corruption cases.
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A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo motu notice case.
The CJP remarked that the meeting of the university’s Board of Governors should take place after every two years as per rules and regulations, however; no such session has happened till date since 2016.
“The chairman has escaped from the country while the court has issued his red warrants while declaring him an absconder. The BoG is currently dysfunctional due to the absence of chairman,” added SC.The court has ordered to appoint a new chairman of UHS Board of Governors within three days. The Chief Justice has also sought reply from foreign ministry and other stake holders.
Earlier on September 14, the British government rejected a petition to extradite former finance minister Ishaq Dar, citing the reason that it has no formal extradition treaty with Pakistan.
The statement said that the UK has no formal extradition treaty with Pakistan. Section 194 of the Extradition Act 2003 does allow special extradition arrangements in exceptional circumstances.However, under current law, an extradition process is initiated at the request of the government of the country in which the individual has been convicted of the crime.
It would therefore be the Pakistani Government’s responsibility to initiate such proceedings.