Pakistan SC summons Aziz, others over Sharif's deportation

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Islamabad, Sep 28 (UNI) The Pakistan Supreme Court today issued summons to Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi and 11 others in connection with deportation of former premier Nawaz Sharif on September 10.

A four-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked the respondents to explain why Mr Sharif was deported despite a court ruling that he could come back.

The court adjourned hearing on the matter till October 17 when it will be heard by a larger seven-member bench.

Counsel for Mr Sharif Fakhruddin Ibrahim pleaded the court to issue an order for bringing his client back home and presenting him before the Court. However, Chief Justice noted that it was difficult at this stage, adding once the respondents comes up with their replies an order may then be issued.

The Chief Justice, during the hearing of the matter, had observed that the Court orders have been disregarded in deportation of Mr Sharif and the Court was serious in this matter.

The respondents include the Prime Minister, Punjab Chief Minister, Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and the chiefs of the Civil Aviation Authority, NAB and PIA, Geo News reported.

The Court has also asked for all the details of the records relating to the traffic at the Islamabad Airport on September 10 from the Civil Aviation Authority.

Mr Sharif was deported to Saudi Arabia on September 10 hours after he arrived back from exile.

The Supreme Court had ruled in August that the former prime minister, who President Pervez Musharraf overthrew in a coup eight years ago, had an ''inalienable right'' to come back and the government should not try to stop him.

The apex court is also expected to pronounce its verdict on a raft of petitions challenging the dual offices held by Gen Musharraf and his re-election bid.


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