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TO SUMMON, practice. The act by which a defendant is notified by a competent officer, that an action has been instituted against him, and that he is required to answer to it at a time and place named. This is done either by giving the defendant a copy of the summons, or leaving it at his house; or by reading the summons to him.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Mandviwalla said he had already written a letter to the NAB chairman NAB to give reasons for summoning of any senator.
Regarding request of summoning Pemra director, Justice Azmat Saeed said he had already been summoned the Pemra director and summoning him again would be nothing more than waste of time.
However, representative from Ghor, Seema Jawinda, opposed the summoning of Khan and said there were many other corrupt ministers in the cabinet, so they should be summoned first.
Khalifa has accused the parliament chairmanship of hurdling summoning the Oil Minister.
Meanwhile, the bench also dismissed a petition filed by former inspector general of police (IGP) Mushtaq Sukhera against ATC's order of summoning him in the complaint moved by the PAT.
A joint statement from the associations in Srinagar while condemning the move, said, 'The summoning reflects highhanded approach of the Indian agency to ascribe motive to journalists' professional work, and summon them like criminals.'
Wolesi Jirga deputy speaker, Khalid Pakhtun, on Thursday told the house that summoning the prosecutor was "an emotional decision and against of the Jirga's rules."
Some MPs have confirmed that certain political blocs hinder summoning officials at Parliament.
"Summoning Ministers depends on the political alliance among the blocs."
According to NAB sources, the Bureau has been summoning various accused in different corruption cases.
Islamabad -- The government has backed out from summoning Wajid Zia who was the head of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of Panama Papers before NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges due the fear of possible backlash of constitutional and law experts.
The members belonging of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) opposed summoning of the NAB chairman by the committee.