Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday expressed great concern over the prevailing economic situation in the country.

CJP lamented that hike in the dollar price not ideal for common Pakistani.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Nisar is hearing a case regarding petroleum prices and the imposition of additional taxes.

Pakistan State Oil’s (PSO) counsel informed the bench, “The prices of petrol and liquefied natural gas (LNG) cannot be controlled too much, however, certain measures can be taken.”

Inquiring about the PSO's managing director salary, chief justice then questioned, “On what basis is the PSO managing director drawing a salary of Rs3.7 million?” The PSO counsel informed, “The MD is appointed by the federal government and the company’s board has no control over it.”

“PSO MD Imranul Haq was appointed on merit and his salary was determined through the market rate,” the counsel added.

Justice Nisar then directed that the government informs the bench regarding the basis on which the PSO MD was paid a salary of Rs3.7 million.

Justice Nisar remarked, “The matter regarding PSO MD’s appointment should be referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)". NAB should inquire into the salary and perks granted to him, he added.