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SC directs govt to provide relief to expatriates in NICOP fees

SC directs govt to provide relief to expatriates in NICOP fees

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the government to provide relief to expatriates in fees of National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) in the current week.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, heard a suo motu case regarding the government charging extra fees for NICOP.

The bench also comprised of Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah.

Talking to Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, the CJP said, “You people are much significant and have to lead the public. We are embarrassed when people have to refer courts for the solution of their problems.”

“I also want to present a matter of public benefit in the court. Seven years ago, I got approval of the formation of post graduate college for boys and girls. The boys’ college has been constructed but the one for girls is still pending due to the court’s stay order,” replied Ahsan Iqbal.

“Do you think that the courts are your enemy? We will summon the file of this case. Give us the number of the stay order case, it might be possible that we issue directions ourselves,” remarked the Chief Justice.

“You are a responsible minister but have done nothing to assist the expatriates in voting,” he added.

The CJP directed Iqbal to take the matter of reducing NICOP fees to Prime Minister. He adjourned the hearing while summoning the report till Wednesday.

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