Pakistan

PPP gears up to file reference seeking PM’s disqualification

KHOSA

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party has prepared a reference against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his four close relatives to seek their disqualification, ARY News reported on Saturday.

PPP leader Barrister Latif Khosa has said that a reference has been prepared against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, PM’s son-in-law Captain Safdar MNA and nephew Hamza Shahbaz Sharif.

Latif Khosa has said that all five of them not meet the criteria of qualification for public office set under Article 62 and 63 of the constitution.

He said the reference prepared by People’s Party comprises of around 1000 pages having sufficient evidence to declare them disqualified. It includes self-contradictory statements of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar as evidence.

The reference that also alleged the PM and four others of tax evasion also includes their tax statements.

He said the reference has enough evidence for declaring them disqualified. The reference will be filed with the election commission on Monday, PPP leader said.

It is mentioned here that another major opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had earlier filed a reference against the Prime Minister at Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has become practically non-functional after its all four members retired on June 12 this year.

Under the constitution, the ECP comprises of the Chief Election Commissioner and four members – representing one to each province.

In the absence of ECP members the fate of references and other cases pending in the ECP hanging in balance till the appointment of new members.

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