SC discards petitions seeking PM’s disqualification

11:37 AM | 9 Dec, 2014

The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Tuesday rejected petitions seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif under article 63 for allegedly lying to the parliament.

A seven-judge larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, heard four different pleas and rejected all of them.

The PTI leader Ishaq Khan Khakwani, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Insaaf Lawyers Wing Advocate Gohar Nawaz Sindhu and Muhammad Azhar Siddiqui had filed the petitions.

The petitioners’ counsels failed to establish what they said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had lied on the floor of parliament pertaining to the role military chief General Raheel Sharif in ending political stalemate occurred after PTI and PAT started sit-ins in the federal capital.

The bench remained unsatisfactory with petitioners claim petitioner could not bring enough or substantial evidences to prove their stance.

The petitioners had submitted that the prime minister had asked Army Chief to act as a ‘mediator’ between the government and protesting parties and serve as a ‘guarantor’ to any agreement with the parties.

They alleged that the premier had later lied in front of Parliament and denied making any such request, and should therefore be disqualified in view of Article 63 of the Constitution.