Pakistan court admits plea for PM’s disqualification

Islamabad : The Supreme Court Friday admitted a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk would hear the petition and the hearing has been fixed for Sep 29, Dawn online reported.

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Ishaq Khan Khakwani, who is a central committee leader in the PTI, had filed the petition through his counsel Irfan Qadir.

He requested the court to order Sharif’s disqualification for falsely stating in the National Assembly that he had not asked Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to act as a mediator and guarantor between the government on one side and PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri on the other for ending the political impasse.

The petition added that Sharif later denied in the assembly that the army was dealing with such issues without the government desiring it to do so.

By making two different statements, it alleged, Sharif had tried to malign and damage the fair image of the army violating the Constitution.

The petition added that an army spokesman had confirmed that it was the government which had asked the army chief to play a role in resolving the standoff.

This established that Sharif had made a false statement concerning the army chief and, therefore, was liable to be proceeded against under Article 62 (f) of the Constitution, it argued.

The article deals with the qualification of a member from becoming a parliamentarian if he is not sagacious, righteous and honest.