LHC rejects petition for disqualifying PM

LAHORE – Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday rejected a petition seeking to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from the all-important NA-120 seat for lying in his Friday's speech to the Parliament.

The court directed the petitioner to contact election commission in this regard. The application was filed by Advocate Gauhar Nawaz who was a senior president of the Insaf Lawyers Forum. The petition stated that the prime minister had lied to the nation on the issue of arbitration by the army and thus he did not fulfill the qualifications specified in Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution.

The application requested the disqualification of the prime minister from NA-120 and also said that a notice should be sent to him in this regard. Nawaz had told the parliament on Friday that it was Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan who had requested a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in order to broker a settlement with the government over the prevailing political crisis.

Nawaz said that he gave permission to the army chief to engage the two leaders and play the role of a facilitator. However, Imran and Qadri had categorically rejected the prime minister’s claim that they had invoked the army's help and had, in separate speeches, slammed the prime minister for 'lying to the nation'.

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