LAHORE: The Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar during a hearing on a suo motu case, has issued an order to government officials and departments to return the without merit vehicles in their possession.
During the hearing, Additional Attorney General Nayyar Abbas presented the details of vehicles in possession of government institutes and members of the Cabinet. According to the report, 105 vehicles were being used by the Cabinet members and government officials.
The report stated that JUIF chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, Abid Sher Ali and Kamran Michael had Land Cruiser, Mercedes-Benz and double cabins vehicles respectively, whereas Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf had a bullet-proof vehicle.
Although no officer or minister has the right to possess a vehicle of over 1,800 CC, the vehicles stated in the report have an engine size above the given margin, the additional attorney general said.
To this, the chief justice asked under what authority the prime minister approved the purchase of such high-cost vehicles. He remarked that “the public does not pay taxes for luxuries of ministers.”
Justice Nisar observed that matter of vehicles possessed without merit could also be sent to National Accountability Bureau.
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