Pakistan

SC hears petitions seeking PM's disqualification

ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court bench will resume hearing of identical petitions seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for allegedly issuing a false statement in Parliament, ARY News reported on Wednesday.

A three-member bench comprises acting Chief Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja,  Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Justice Mushir Alam will hear the petitions filed by PTI leader Ishaq Khakwani and President PML-Q Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.

The petitioners pleaded to the court to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif under Article 62 of the Constitution, claiming he had given a false statement in National Assembly over the role of the army in negotiations with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) over their sit-ins.

The court had observed that the Constitution had no definition of ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’ in Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution and vowed to interprete the terms.

The articles deal with the qualifications required of a member in order to become a parliamentarian.

The court in its hearing on Oct 15, summoned the text of the prime minister’s August 29 speech in Parliament, saying any words uttered in the House are public property and should be available to the people.

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