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Apex court dismisses PML-N petition seeking Sheikh Rasheed’s disqualification

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court dismissed a petition plea seeking disqualification of Sheikh Rasheed on Wednesday.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed headed the a three-member bench of the supreme court and the other two members Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah presided over the case.

Chief of Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rasheed reached the premises of the apex court on Wednesday morning and told media that he will accept the honorable court still if the decision was not given in his favor.

While answering to journalist question if he will be ‘sacrificed before Eid,’ the outspoken politician replied that even God knows that this is not the month of sacrifices.

The verdict in the case was reserved on March 20, 2018.

Leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Shakeel Awam had filed the petition against Sheikh Rasheed and claimed that the AML chief mis-declared his assets in his nomination papers and owned the error as well. Awan, lost the 2013 general election to Rasheed,

Lawyer of Shakeel Awan had argued before the three-member bench that according to the Representation of People’s Act, it was necessary to accurately declare all of one’s assets before contesting elections.

He had asserted that the most recent court case regarding the wrong filling of nomination papers was the 2017 Panama Papers judgment by the apex court.

However, Rasheed’s counsel had contended that his client did not conceal anything and accepted that his client had owned the mistake in valuing his assets.

During the hearing, Justice Qazi Faez Isa had remarked that according to the petitioner, whatever the error was, the lawmaker should be disqualified.

 

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