SC wonders if a looter can be a political party head

Published: February 14, 2018
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Supreme Court of Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

Supreme Court of Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan questioned on Wednesday whether a ‘looter’ can lead a political party.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising of Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, resumed hearing of a case challenging Elections Act, 2017 – a part of which paved way for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to head the ruling party despite his disqualification as a parliament member.

During the proceedings, the court sought details from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) of the authority within Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan Peoples Party which granted Senate tickets to their respective candidates.

Disqualified person can head party, rules NA

The bench also sought parliamentary debate regarding the 14th Constitution Amendment which gives immense power to the head of a political part.

PML-N Defense Counsel Salman Akram Raja contended before the top court that the choice to elect party head was that of its voters and supporters. He argued that leaders of various parties including Munawar Hussain Soharwardi were disqualified under APDO in 1959 but their vacuum was filled by other forces.

Raja argued that there was a difference between being the party head and parliamentary party leader, explaining that a party head could not direct a parliamentarian.

The Supreme Court on January 1 declared as maintainable the petitions challenging the act, a part of which has paved the way for the deposed premier Nawaz Sharif to head his party after his disqualification on July 28, 2017 in Panamagate case.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Amir
    Feb 14, 2018 - 10:26PM

    When a soldier is dishonorably discharged, does he get the same benefits
    When a person goes to jail for criminal reasons, do they get hired in organizations
    When a doctor or lawyer commits malpractice can he still practice

    In the above cases, these debunked soldiers can not become Generals, criminals do not become CEOs, Doctors do not become heads of departments, lawyers do not become judges.

    Answer is NO

    So why can not a politician who has been given trust by people fails them, should not be allowed to represent anyone

    Go home Nawaz and co, and count your chickensRecommend

  • ShahNoor Syed
    Feb 14, 2018 - 11:23PM

    Unfortunately, Bias and prejudice against a selected target is very obvious. Recommend

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