Disqualification not mandatory in criminal case: Dar’s lawyer

ISLAMABAD: Lawyer of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday said that disqualification is not mandatory when a holder of public office is being tried in a criminal case.

“There is no bar under any law of the country that any holder of public office if tried under criminal charges stands disqualified or he cannot retain that office,” Advocate Amjad Pervaiz lawyer of Ishaq Dar told reporters.

When asked about time for reply, he said, the matter was raised before the Accountability Court but the court informed that after directions by the Supreme Court to dispense with the matter within stipulated period, more time could not be given.

Answering a question if he thinks that justice was being done, the lawyer said, it is before time to comment on it. But, in today’s proceedings we were not given seven days time that is general practice in court proceedings.