How can Gen Raheel Sharif, Shuja Pasha join foreign jobs soon after retirement, asks CJP Nisar

08:51 AM | 2 Aug, 2018
How can Gen Raheel Sharif, Shuja Pasha join foreign jobs soon after retirement, asks CJP Nisar
ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court has inquired how former chief of army staff and ex-head of Pakistan's premier spy agency could join foreign jobs despite a law barring them from it for two years after the retirement.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a case pertaining to dual nationalities of civil servants and judges. The top judge, during the hearing, observed that General (retd) Raheel Sharif, former army chief, and Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha, ex-ISI chief, had joined employment in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, respectively, without completing mandatory two years post-retirement gap.

He also remarked that any government official, under the law, could not take up foreign job without completing the set term, adding, "Is that law not applicable to the army officers?"

In response, defence secretary retired Lt Gen Zamirul Hassan informed the court that both army men joined service in foreign lands after getting no-objection certificates from the federal government.

The apex court, then, ordered Hassan to submit the NOCs issued by the government to Sharif, who is heading  Islamic Military Counterterrorism Coalition in Saudi Arabia, and Pasha who accepted job in the UAE. The court will examine whether the NOCs were issued by the cabinet.

Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan explained that the federal government could allow the civil servants to take up jobs in abroad.

The defence secretary, however, explained before the court that no officer in the armed forces held foreign nationality.

The chief justice observed, "We will see how the permission was granted, and what is its nature and duration," adding, "These individuals should have obtained the cabinet's permission".

During the hearing, the bench issued notices to 27 civil servants directing them to come up with an explanation for holding dual nationality.

The SC also asked the defence secretary to submit complete details about the officers of the armed forces and their spouses who hold dual nationalities.

The defence secretary, however, explained before the court that no officer in the armed forces held foreign nationality.

The top judge also ordered the defence secretary to ensure that dual citizens were not presently employed by the armed forces. "We have earlier conducted a similar exercise among the civil forces," Justice Nisar remarked.

The top court, however, remarked that certain offices should not be occupied by individuals enjoying foreign nationality.

“If parliamentarians could be disqualified for having dual nationality then the same rule should also apply to the officers working in sensitive departments,” the Chief Justice cautioned.

During the hearing, Chairman of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), Usman Yousuf Mobeen told the court that according to the data provided by the federal and the provincial governments, 1,116 officers out of a total of 228,769 government officials were dual nationals whereas the spouses of 1,249 government servants enjoyed the same privilege.

Meanwhile, senior counsel Shahid Hamid appeared as an amicus curiae (friend of the court) and presented a set of proposals, highlighting that a few years ago the information ministry had issued a notification suggesting that no foreigners could work in government departments like the communication, water and power, petroleum and defence.



Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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