Election Act 2017 Case: SC issues notices to ex-PM Nawaz, others
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Monday while accepting the petitions against the appointment of Nawaz Sharif as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president, issued notice to the former prime minister, federal government, the attorney general and others.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard as many as 13 petitions challenging the appointment of former PM Nawaz Sharif as president of PML-N filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP), Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed and Member National Assembly (MNA) Jamshed Dasti.
During the proceedings, Farogh Naseem, the council of AML chief Sheikh Rasheed said that it was clear under article 63-A of the constitution that the party leader will issue tickets to Parliamentary members which indicates that the party head controls the members present in the parliament.
He said that the it was necessary for the party head to be Sadiq and Ameen but former president Nawaz Sharif as party president is his personal interest and a clear violation of Baaz Muhammad Kakar Case.
The CJP asked Farogh Naseem if the person who has been disqualified has no right for governance, adding that how can you say it is a violation of Article 9 of the constitution.
Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that Parliament is the supreme body of lawmaking in the country, adding that the court will strictly move according to the law.
The apex court accepted the petitions and issued notices to the respondents, including Nawaz and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), and sought their responses.
The court then adjourned the hearing until January 23.