ISLAMABAD - Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Nadeem Afzal Chan Friday warned that a reference would be sent against the Supreme Court Registrar to the parliament if he failed to appear before the committee.

Speaking to media persons outside the Parliament House, Chan recalled that Justice Khalilur Rehman had ruled in Para 93 of the PLD 2010 that not everyone was a judge and that registrar was merely an assistant and a helper.  Judges’ conduct could not be debated, he admitted, but added that financial matters of the Supreme Court could come under discussion.

While President and prime minister could face financial accountability, the Supreme Court’s registrar was not above the law, he added. The PAC chief said he had also sought the Law Ministry’s opinion in this regard. He said the ministry would give its suggestion before Eid.

Agencies add: The PAC chairman said that defence institutions were implementing most of the decisions of the Committee. Chan claimed that corruption could certainly be eliminated if bureaucracy wished so.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) enjoyed a lighter interlude when Committee Chairman responded to Secretary Water and Power Zafar Mehmood — who sought permission to leave the meeting owing to a summons to appear before the Supreme Court—by saying “God save you from the Supreme Court!” The chairman’s spontaneous remark brought smiles to the faces of committee members as well as other senior officials who attended Thursday’s meeting. It was during the middle of the PAC meeting that Zafar Mehmmod approached Chairman’s seat and requested to be relieved, prompting the latter to make his humorous comment.