Panama case: PM counsel argues against disqualification

January 13, 2017
Samaa Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan resumed the hearing of Panama Papers case on Friday with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan submitting his arguments before the five-judge bench.

Pleading before the larger bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, PM’s counsel said disqualification can happen over concealment of assets under Article-62 of the Constitution; however, the issue relating disqualification may be raised only at the time of submission of nominations.

The court is hearing the case filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and others seeking investigation into the Panama Papers.

Prior declaration is vital for disqualification, Makhdoom Ali Khan said adding declaration and disqualification may not take place simultaneously.

The court cannot disqualify Prime Minister without concrete evidences, Makhdoom Ali Khan said, arguing, “Can democratically elected premier be disqualified under such an Article-62 that the apex court itself dubbed as nightmarish?” –SAMAA