ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court while raising questions over deduction of Zakat from funds of a trust set up for welfare of pensioners has sought reply from the government within two weeks.

The ‘Telecommunication Trustees and Employees Corporation’ has challenged the Zakat and Ushr Islamabad administration’s plea in the Supreme court which said Zakat could be deducted from the trust’s funds. The trust counsel said that it was looking after the welfare of retired employees and their pensions and it was not “Sahib-un-Nisab” for deduction of Zakat.

When a three-member SC bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmad took up the case for hearing Thursday, counsel for the trust, Hamid Khan, took the plea that Zakat was obligatory upon only “Sahib-un-Nisab” while the trust was “Ameen” of employees pensions. This is not the trust’s money and deduction of Zakat was illegal and unconstitutional, he argued.

The court while seeking reply from the government adjourned the hearing.