LHC dismisses plea to stop PM from functioning

LAHORE: Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court (LHC) upheld the registrar office’s objection and dismissed a petition seeking an order to stop Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from functioning by holding the petition as non-maintainable. The LHC office had raised the objection that the petitioner should approach an election tribunal for the required relief. On Thursday, this petition was fixed as an objection case and the judge maintained the objection placed by the registrar office. Advocate Muhammad Shabbir petitioned that after disclosures made by a former Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) additional secretary, Afzal Khan, the prime minister has no moral ground to remain in his office. He said the former ECP official had maintained that the May 2013 general elections were rigged. The petitioner said that in these circumstances, the prime minister does not qualify under Articles 62 of the constitution and should be disqualified under Article 63. 

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