Plea seeking disqualification of PM, CM dismissed

* LHC terms petition non-maintainable, saying the petitioner should have approached ECP or NA speaker for disqualification of lawmakers

Plea seeking disqualification of PM, CM dismissed

LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Monday dismissed an inter court appeal seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for their
alleged involvement in corrupt practices.

The bench termed the appeal not maintainable.Faisal Naseer, a local resident had moved the petition against the single bench order.

During hearing on Monday, the court inquired from petitioner counsel if he had approached the Election Commission of Pakistan or the National Assembly speaker.

Counsel for applicant counsel said that the speaker was not inclined to hear
the appeal.

The court, however, dismissed the appeal observing that a member of parliament or provincial assembly could not be held disqualified without approaching the relevant forum.

Earlier, a single bench comprising Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza on December 13, 2016 dismissed the appeal

Petitioner counsel alleged that corruption was rampant in all government institutions without accountability. He alleged that incompetent people had been recruited in different departments and even corrupt people were on the key posts in several government departments. He said that the prime minister and Punjab chief minister were responsible for this mess.

He alleged that the corruption was dragging Pakistan towards doomsday. He said that the single bench could not appreciate the arguments advanced by him. He requested the court that both should be declared disqualified.

The counsel for the government while opposing the appeal asserted that the applicant had only levelled baseless allegations. He said that the applicant had no prove and the appeal should be dismissed.