Disqualification case: SC seeks transcript of PM’s speech

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has observed that the petitioner — seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif — has ‘locus standi’ for filing the plea in view of Article 62(f) of the Constitution.
A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, resumed on Wednesday the hearing of an appeal filed by Insaf Lawyers Forum’s Gohar Nawaz Sindhu against a verdict of Lahore High Court, which had dismissed his petition for disqualification of the PM last month.
It must be noted that similar petitions for disqualification of the prime minister were also directly filed in the apex court by Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The petitioner claimed the PM had first asked the army chief General Raheel Sharif to act as a ‘mediator’ between the government and protesting parties – the PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) – and to serve as a ‘guarantor’ to any agreement between the parties concerned. He alleged that the premier later lied in front of the parliament and denied that he had made any such request to the army chief.
During the hearing, the bench asked as to whether the micro-blogging of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief on Twitter could be accepted as an evidence in this case.