LHC rejects plea for PM, Punjab CM disqualification


Lahore High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition calling for the disqualification of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.
According to details, Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza heard the case lodged by local citizen Faisal Naseer who alleged PM Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif of corruption.
He said that the premier has also appointed crooked leaders in federation and Punjab government’s every department.
The plaintiff urged the authorities to disqualify CM Punjab and PM as they don’t match the clauses of articles 63 and 63 of the Constitution. Subsequently, the court rejected the plea by declaring it inadmissible.
Meanwhile Lahore High Court Justice Aysha A Malik heard a separate petition filed for the disqualification of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif. The petition has been filed by PTI leader Ijaz Chaudhry. The counsel of Ijaz Chaudhry, Babar Awan argued that chief minister did not obeyed his oath taken by him as chief minister while ordering shifting of his personal sugar mills. He said chief minister has become ineligible while not obeying his oath. He said chief minister had promised to give priority to national interest on personal interest.
The officials lawyer said chief minister did not violated his oath, adding that the petition of PTI should be dismissed.
Justice Aysha Malik in her remarks said the petitioner should have approached the speaker of the provincial assembly for the disqualification of the member assembly. She said the concerned forum is available for the disqualification of any member of the assembly. Justice Aysha Malik said the petitioner should have approached the Election Commission if speaker provincial assembly did not entertain the petition of PTI.
She said the third forum is court for the disqualification of any member of the assembly. The court after hearing the arguments of the both parties reserved the judgment regarding the maintainability of the petition. —SABAH

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