Zulfi Bukhari case: PM trustee of people, not having unrestrained powers: CJP

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has remarked making appointments on important posts in the country is a vital national obligation and such matters will not run on basis of friendship and they will run only on national interests.
He gave these remarks during hearing of petitions filed against appointment of Zulfi Bukhari as the prime minister’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis Friday.
SC summoned all the biodata of Zulfi Bukhari and report about process of his appointment and his eligibility.
Expressing his annoyance over attitude of Zulfi Bokhari in the court CJP remarked “ come here after leaving your wrath in your home. You may be friend of some one else and not of SC.
CJP directed Attorney General (AG) to apprise Zulfi Bukhari of his attitude.
Aitzaz Ahsan counsel for Zulfi Bokhari said powers to appoint special assistant rests with Prime Minister (PM).
CJP remarked “ PM is trustee of people and he does not wield unrestrained powers. PM will not run the matter according to his will and desire but we will decide if the matters are running as per constitution or otherwise.
CJP inquired Zulfiqar Bukhari was appointed under what ability and on whose behest.
Counsel for Zulfi Bukhari informed the court Zulfi Bukhari has not been given constitutional post but his appointment has been made under rules of business and he is also not member of cabinet. This post should be given to a person holding dual nationality for overseas Pakistanis.
The court adjourned the hearing of the case till December 5.

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