The Supreme Court on Tuesday summoned defunct finance minister Ishaq Dar ─ who has been in London since Oct 2017 ─ to appear for a hearing regarding his eligibility to hold a seat in the Senate.

Dar, who was re-elected to the Upper House on March 3, 2018, as an independent PML-N-backed candidate, has not yet taken oath as a Senator.

His eligibility was challenged by PPP’s Nawazish Pirzada who contended that an absconder could not contest elections. Dar was declared an absconder by the accountability court last year for his failure to appear in court since he has been in London allegedly receiving medical treatment.

Chief Justice (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar ─ who has heading a three-judge bench hearing the case today ─ asked Dar’s lawyer where the former minister is. The lawyer, Salman Akram Raja, told the court his client has “a medical issue”.

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