'Are you a rascal': CJP Nisar chews GB minister out for manhandling airport official

Haider Ali 04:25 PM | 30 Nov, 2018
'Are you a rascal': CJP Nisar chews GB minister out for manhandling airport official
ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar censured the Gilgit-Baltistan Tourism Minister Fida Hussain for shoving an Islamabad airport official around over a mere flight delay.

During the hearing of the case on Friday, Hussain appeared before a three-judge Supreme Court bench where he was directed by the top judge to submit a written apology for his conduct.

The chief justice had taken notice of alleged misbehaviour on Nov 16 after Hussain was caught shoving an official at Islamabad International Airport and burning his own luggage in protest against a delay in his flight.

Justice Nisar, who is heading the bench also summoned Islamabad police chief Amir Zulfiqar Khan so that a case could be registered against Hussain.

The top judge also admonished the Inspector General of Police (IGP), asking him why he hadn't appeared in court since he was transferred to the post on Nov 2.

"Leave your pride and arrogance at home when you arrive here, this is a court," the top judge observed.

CJP Nisar then informed the police chief that misconduct had taken place at the airport and asked him what action had been taken.

Upon this, IGP Khan told the chief justice that the incident falls under the jurisdiction of Punjab police to which Justice Nisar asked, "Where is the attorney general Punjab?"

The CJP said that the court would hear the issue as a suo motu case directing the attorney general Punjab to look into the matter.

Prior to the IGP's arrival in court, the CJP scolded Hussain and ordered the video of the incident to be played in the courtroom.

"Did you push the airport official?" the judge questioned the minister before wondering whether he was educated?

The minister admitted that he had pushed the airport official.

"Were you in your senses at the time?" CJP Nisar asked, inquiring how Hussain had dared to interfere with official affairs.

Admitting that he had pushed the official, Hussain contended that it was not due to ill intentions as there is a story behind it.

"Is this how one behaves when a flight is delayed?" Justice Ijazul Ahsan asked the minister.

The CJP went a mile more and asked the minister: "Are you a rascal? Do you have no shame over pushing the airport official?"

Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that a poor man had been mocked.

Upon this, Hussain responded that he was ashamed of his actions and asked the court to forgive him.

However, the chief justice said the minister would not be granted forgiveness and that a case would be registered against him immediately.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.

During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.

Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.

Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.

The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Karachi PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Islamabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Peshawar PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Quetta PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sialkot PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Attock PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujranwala PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Jehlum PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Multan PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Bahawalpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujrat PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nawabshah PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Chakwal PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Hyderabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nowshehra PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sargodha PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Faisalabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Mirpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370


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