Islamabad - A division bench of Islamabad High Court (IHC) will take up a petition seeking disqualification of Minister for Finance Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar as Member of Senate here on Monday (today).

The IHC bench comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Athar Minallah will conduct the hearing of petition moved by a journalist Farrukh Nawaz Bhatti through his counsel GM Chaudhry Advocate and sought disqualification of Finance Minister Dar through a writ of service quo warranto under article 199 of the constitution of Pakistan.

The petitioner cited Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) through chief election commissioner (CEC) of Pakistan, director general Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar as respondents in the petition.

Bhatti adopted in his petition that Dar had submitted a confessional affidavit before an accountability court wherein he had confessed that he had committed acts of money laundering as well as other financial irregularities. Money laundering also amounts to conflict of interest as such person cannot be entrusted functions like finance minister.

Therefore, he prayed to the court to set aside the notifications regarding election of Ishaq Dar as the member of Senate of Pakistan, as well as his appointment as the federal minister, adding that he was not qualified for membership of the Senate as well as to hold the office of the federal minister in consequence under article 62 of the constitution.

He requested the court to direct the ECP to issue disqualification notification of Dar as he is not qualified under article 62 of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to hold the said office/seat.

The petitioner pleaded that the directions be issued to DG FIA to initiate proceedings against Dar about his confession regarding money laundering under the relevant laws.

Farrukh further prayed to the court to direct chairman NAB to initiate investigations against Dar regarding accumulation of exorbitant wealth after his confession before a competent court of law regarding money laundering while ascertaining his sources of income and accumulation of such wealth.

He urged the court that direction should be issued to the finance minister to refund all sums received in terms of salary/remuneration, allowances and other perks and privileges and Dar be restrained from performing his official and legislative functions as senator and the federal minister till the pendency of the petition before the court.

The petitioner contended that Dar’s confession was in direct conflict with paragraphs (d), (e) and (f) of clause (1) of article 62 of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

He maintained that the finance minister was also having business regarding management of finances by different means relating money-management and currency.