SC dismisses petitions seeking PM’s disqualification

ISLAMABAD: A seven-member larger bench of the Supreme Court dismissed all the three petitions seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the basis of his statement in the Parliament regarding the role of army in talks with the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).

The seven-judge larger bench headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk and comprising Justice Jawad S Khawaja, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saed Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Mushir Alam heard three different pleas filed by Ishaq Khakwani of PTI, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain of PML-Q and Gohar Nawaz Sindhu, President Insaf Lawyers Forum.

The petitioners claimed that PM Nawaz had asked Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to act as a ‘mediator’ between the government and protesting PTI and PAT, and serve as a ‘guarantor’ to any agreement with the parties.

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

Justice Jawwad had referred the matter to the CJ for constituting a larger bench to determine ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’.