ISLAMABAD: A larger bench of the Supreme Court led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa resumed hearing the Panama Leaks case on Friday.
The Prime Minister’s lawyer Makhdoom Ali Khan in his arguments said that to disqualify the Prime Minister a judicial declaration is needed.
He argued that the section in Article 62 about ‘Sadiq and Ameen (truthful and righteous)’ gave a clean slate to frame anyone.
‘The Supreme Court in the Ishaq Khakwani case had declared Article 62 of the Constitution a nightmare,’ he argued.
Makhdoom Khan was referring to proceedings on a petition submitted in the SC in 2014 by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Ishaq Khakwani calling for disqualification of the PM, wherein the plaintiff had alleged that the premier should be disqualified because he lied on the floor of the National Assembly.
In the petition, Khakwani had accused PM Nawaz Sharif of falsely stating in the lower house that he had not asked then Army chief retired Gen Raheel Sharif to behave as mediator and guarantor between the federal government on one side, and PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on the other for ending the political impasse during the 2014 dharna.
During its hearing of the petition, the apex court had observed that the Constitution is silent on the definition of ‘sadiq’ (truthful) and ‘ameen’ (righteous). The session was adjourned till Monday. INP/Agencies