The attorney-general Tuesday said that federal government did not issue an NOC to former army chief Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif to work abroad.

The Supreme Court had asked On August 1 for NOCs and records to prove that Lt General (retd) Shuja Pasha and General (retd) Sharif have been allowed to work abroad.

The attorney-general told the court that ex-army chief obtained his NOC from the defence ministry. He said that as per court orders, the federal government refers to the cabinet, and Sharif did not obtain his NOC from the cabinet. Instead, the defence ministry issued the NOC after approval of the GHQ.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said that the defence ministry could not issue an NOC as the cabinet takes such decisions. He ordered that the fault in the NOC be fixed with the cabinet’s approval. The attorney-general sought time for this.

The hearing was adjourned for two weeks.

Former chief of army staff General (retd) Raheel Sharif is the head of a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition formed to serve as a platform for security cooperation and to combat terrorism.