Ishaq Dar has spent most of the last year in London. And he shows no signs of returning home anytime soon. The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), for his part, remains steadfast in his resole to have the former Finance minister do the needful and face the judicial music. Indeed, he has now set the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) a 10-day deadline towards this end.The anti-graft body declared Dar a declared absconder back in November. It has intermittently spent the better part of this year requesting Interpol to intervene. Though when it came to Gen (rtd) Pervez Musharraf, the International Criminal Police Organisation refused to issue an arrest warrant back in 2012 due to lack of evidence. More recently, this summer it stated that its mandate does not stretch to political proceedings. All of which raises questions as to the urgency of bringing Dar to book. After all, Pakistan’s last military dictator stands accused of violating the Constitution not once but twice. Towards this end, he has been named a declared absconder in a treason case; not forgetting the Benazir Bhutto murder case. This is not to suggest that Dar should not be held to account for the charges against him; namely of owning more wealth than declared sources of income. But it is to point out how the aggressive pursuit of ‘capturing’ the latter risks looking a lot like selective justice. The rule of law must apply to one and all if it is to be called that.The former Senator has time and again cited medical reasons to explain failure to comply with court summons. His doctor has allegedly ruled out international travel. Yet there has been much debate over whether or not it might be prudent to cancel Dar’s passport. The prevailing consensus suggests this would be a misstep given how it would effectively render him stateless; thereby leaving it to the discretion of the British authorities as to the issuing of the necessary travel documents. But perhaps the overriding concern should be that of demanding that a sick man hop on a plane at this juncture. There has even been talk on the feasibility of freezing Mr Dar’s bank accounts. After all, the Harley Street clinic that is treating him does not come cheap. Such a move, however, would naturally result in a breach of his human rights since this would deny him specialised medical access. When all is said and done, Pakistan would not be in this fine mess if Britain went ahead and signed a bilateral extradition treaty. The absence of which prevented David Cameron from sending Musharraf packing; although as a then sitting Prime Minister he could have intervened to do the needful. That he did not offers no reason to believe that Theresa May would personally get involved to ‘rendition’ Mr Dar.Thus the courts would do well to learn the art of prioritising. Unless, of course, we are to believe that those who once wore the uniform will forever remain beyond reach when it comes to the long arm of the law. * Published in Daily Times, September 8th 2018.