SC verdict in disqualification duration case constitutional: Khurshid Shah

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in National Assembly (NA) Khurshid Shah on Friday has said that the decision of Supreme Court (SC) regarding disqualification of the lawmakers was as per constitution and that everyone should accept it.

Talking to media, Khurshid Shah said that ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been trapped in article 62(1)(f) which he supported the most. There should be no arguments on the decision now, he added.

Earlier today, Supreme Court of Pakistan by a unanimous decision has stated that Nawaz Sharif and Jahangir Tareen stand disqualified for life in a follow-up to the historic disqualification judgments of the two politicians.

The top court in its July 28 ruling of last year had disqualified Nawaz Sharif as president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen was disqualified under Articles 62 of the constitution.

A five-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, reserved the verdict in all 13 appeals against the disqualification of lawmakers.

On February 14, the apex court had reserved its verdict in the case regarding duration of the disqualification of the members of the parliament incurred under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution. The verdict was reserved after Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf completed his arguments.

Also, the apex court disqualified PTI General Secretary Jahangir Tareen stating that the reply submitted by Tareen was a confession in itself, thus disqualifying him under Article 62 (1) (F) of the Constitution of Pakistan.