SC forms three-judge bench to hear petition on PM’s disqualification

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) – ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has fixed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) petitions, seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif under Article 62 (f) of the Constitution for September 29.

The three judge bench of the top court, headed by SC’s senior most judge Justice Jawwad S Khawaja will take up the petitions, filed by PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujat Hussain and PTI leader Ishaq Khan Khakwani regarding the disqualification of the prime minister. The other members of bench are Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Dost Muhammad Khan.

Both opposition parties also moved petition in the apex court under Article 184 (3) of the constitution, seeking the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif under Article 62-F of the Constitution.

The petitioners requested the court to disqualify the prime minister as he gave a ‘false statement’ in the National Assembly. The petitioner contended that Nawaz was also involved in matters related to the attack on the Supreme Court as well as going abroad for ten years after signing a pardon agreement with former president Pervez Musharraf. He has denied making such an agreement.

The PML-Q chief stated that Nawaz had himself demanded the resignation of former premier Yousuf Raza Gillani in the past.

Khakwani submitted the petition against PM Nawaz on September 2 through his counsel advocate Irfan Qadir, citing as reason his controversial statement made on the floor of the House regarding the role of army in the political crisis.

On Friday, Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk heard the PTI leader’s appeal against the registrar office’s objections in his chamber. Advocate Qadir appeared before the chief justice and contended that the registrar has no power to decide as to whether the petition is maintainable or not.

“The question of maintainability is to be decided by the Supreme Court in terms of Article 184(3) of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. In the instant case, the institution officer has assumed upon himself the functions of the Supreme Court”, the PTI leader’s appeal says.  After hearing the arguments, the CJ on Friday set aside the registrar office objections and fixed the case for hearing for preliminary hearing. Now the case has been fixed on September 29.
Source:- Tribune

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