SC fixes Imran Khan disqualification case for hearing

Published: September 20, 2018
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The Supreme Court (SC) fixed the hearing of a petition filed for the disqualification of Prime Imran Khan on September 24.

A three-member bench, headed by the Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, will hear the petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Daniyal Chaudhry. The petition was filed in 2017.

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The petition states the premier does not fulfill Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, and hence should be disqualified for not being Sadiq and Ameen.

On December 15, 2017, the Supreme Court found Imran to be ‘honest’, but disqualified Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf general secretary Jahangir Tareen. Neither PTI nor the prosecuting PML-N welcomed the judgment.

The three-judge bench, headed by the CJP and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab announced two verdicts on constitutional petitions filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi seeking the disqualification of Imran and Tareen on various grounds.

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Both judgments had been authored by the chief justice. Interestingly, the verdict had also strongly endorsed the majority verdict in the Panama case.

The bench disqualified Tareen on very similar grounds to those used by the larger bench to oust former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The court did not pass any direction regarding allegations of corruption against Tareen.

 

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