ISLAMABAD: Former railway minister Saad Rafique was granted a month by the apex court to submit his reply in a case pertaining to losses suffered by Pakistan Railways during his tenure.
Rafique appeared at the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry, after being summoned by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar.
On his arrival, the chief justice questioned the former minister if he had seen the audit report highlighting the losses suffered by the organisation, to which the PML-N leader replied that he had taken steps to make the ministry self-sustainable.
The chief justice also said the case should be handed over to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for further investigation.
The PML-N leader cited his busy schedule due to the upcoming by-polls for seeking a month’s time for the submission of his reply in the case.
The former minister remarked that he was “being scolded” while expecting to be applauded for his performance as railway minister.”
Justice Aijaz ul Ahsan asked Rafique to first submit his response and said the court “would later determine whether you deserve to be applauded or not”.