January 01, 2018
ISLAMABAD - The Supreme
Court of Pakistan will hear petitions challenging ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s appointment as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
president today (Monday).
A three-member bench led
by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar will take up the petitions
challenging the appointment of Nawaz Sharif as party head despite his disqualification by the
At least 13 people,
including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Awami Muslim league
chief Sheikh Rashid, and Pakistan People’s Party leader Jamshaid Dasti, have
filed petitions in the apex court, challenging Nawaz Sharif’s appointment as PML-N president.
The court would likely
club these petitions and would take up the case today.
The petitioners have taken
the position that holding of party office by a disqualified person was against
Section 5 of Political Parties Order, and was in sheer violation of Article 17
of the Constitution.
disqualification from the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the former prime
minister Nawaz Sharif had managed
passage of Election Bill 2017 from the Parliament, paving way for a
disqualified person to hold a political party’s office.