ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court, while hearing the prime minister's disqualification case, observed that there is no definition of ‘Sadiq’ (honest) and ‘Ameen’ (righteous) in the Constitution.
A petitioner requested the apex court to interpret the meanings of both terms in this case.
During the hearing, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan said the definition of ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’ were not included in Article 260 of the Constitution.
The three-judge bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, resumed on Thursday the hearing of an appeal, filed by Gohar Nawaz Sindhu of the Insaf Lawyers Forum, against a verdict of the Lahore High Court (LHC) which had dismissed his petition for the disqualification of the prime minister last month.
The petitioner claimed the premier had first asked army chief General Raheel Sharif to act as a ‘mediator’ between the government and protesting parties – the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) – and to serve as a ‘guarantor’ to any agreement between the parties concerned.
He alleged that the premier had later lied in front of Parliament and had denied making any such request to the army chief.
The bench directed the petitioner, Sindhu, to submit his formulations regarding the case. Similarly, it also summoned the attorney general for assistance regarding the maintainability of this petition.
The bench also decided to delink two petitions, filed directly by Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and PTI leader Ishaq Khakwanai, to disqualify the premier.
The petitioner also stated that parliamentarians had made a law of contempt of court, but no legislation has been made to stop defamation of the army However, Justice Khawaja said that the court does not make the law, only interprets it.
The hearing of the case is adjourned until next week.