Govt decides to amend Constitution articles that caused Nawaz Sharif’s ouster
ISLAMABAD: The government is considering to amend Articles 62, 63 of the Constitution while working on the proposed amendment and its legal aspects is underway, says Law Minister Zahid Hamid .
Speaking during the National Assembly session today, the Minister said government believed that a period of a lawmaker’s ineligibility should be less than current five years.
The minister’s remarks came days after disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister of Pakistan following corruption charges against him.
He said the proposed draft of constitutional amendment would be referred to a respective committee of the House for review before it finally sails through.
The new amendment could be enforced with a retrospective effect so as to reduce ineligibility period of deposed PM Nawaz Sharif.
Below are the articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution:
Qualifications for membership of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament):
|(1)||A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless-
Disqualifications for membership of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament):
|(1)||A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if:-
Provided that the disqualification under this paragraph shall not apply to a person-
Explanation:- In this Article “goods” does not include agricultural produce or commodity grown or produced by him or such goods as he is, under any directive of Government or any law for the time being in force, under a duty or obligation to supply.
|(2)||If any question arises whether a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) has become disqualified from being a member, the Speaker or, as the case may be, the Chairman shall, unless he decides that no such question has arisen, refer the question to the Election Commission within thirty days and should he fail to do so within the aforesaid period it shall be deemed to have been referred to the Election Comission.|
|(3)||The Election Commission shall decide the question within ninety days from its receipt or deemed to have been received and if it is of the opinion that the member has become disqualified, he shall cease to be a member and his seat shall become vacant.|