The Supreme Court docket on Wednesday reserved its verdict within the case figuring out whether or not disqualification below Article 62(1)(f) of the Structure is for all times or time-specific.
Article 62(1)(f), which units the precondition for a member of parliament to be “sadiq and ameen” (trustworthy and righteous), is identical provision below which Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by a five-judge SC bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on July 28, 2017 within the Panama Papers case. Likewise, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Jahangir Tareen was disqualified on Dec 15 final 12 months by a separate bench of the apex court docket below the identical provision.
A five-member bench of the apex court docket ─ headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah ─ reserved the decision in all 17 appeals in opposition to the disqualification of lawmakers.
The decision was reserved after Lawyer Common Ashtar Ausaf accomplished his arguments.
“The Structure doesn’t decide the size of the disqualification interval below Article 62(1)(f),” Ausaf mentioned in his concluding arguments whereas including that the court docket must look into the matter on a case to case foundation.
It’s pertinent to say that 4 of the aforementioned judges, excluding Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, have given both observations or judgments within the disqualification instances of Nawaz Sharif and PTI leaders Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen.