LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday has accepted the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s petition for hearing, seeking disqualification of the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, ARY News reported.
Babar Awan, who recently joined the PTI, filed the reference on behalf of party chairman Imran Khan on Saturday as earlier vowed to take the chief minister to court.
The LHC will take up the petition on Tuesday (tomorrow).
Addressing the media on Saturday, Babar Awan said that the reference is not based on any rumours or assumptions, but rather the Joint Investigation Team report in which Shahbaz Sharif’s name is mentioned twice.
“There is declaration in Panama case against Godfather 2,” he said referring to the JIT report which claims Shahbaz Sharif in the Al-Towfeek case submitted large sums with any money trail or known sources over the Mayfair apartments.
He also referred to a decree by high court of Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice in London on 16 March 1999 which stated that Shahbaz Sharif, along with his late father and brother Abbas Sharif, submitted $34 million.
The English High Court decreed the defendants including Shahbaz Sharif have a beneficial interest in the Mayfair apartments. The matter was settled for $8million.
He said this is sufficient evidence against the disqualification of Shahbaz Sharif. Babar Awan said the Panama case is mega-corruption scandal which is by the people of the Pakistan against Nawaz Sharif.
He appeared optimistic and said that next week will be the dawn of a new era for Pakistan. “The Panama case is simply against corruption, and is by the people of Pakistan,” he said.