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Court rules that Sadiq Sanjrani can serve as acting president

April 15, 2019

The Islamabad High Court threw out on Monday a petition seeking the disqualification of Sadiq Sanjrani as acting president.

Justice Aamer Farooq had reserved his verdict in the case on February 14.

The case was filed on June 21, 2018 by Afzal Khan Shinwari, who said that under Article 199 of the Constitution, Sanjrani, who is the Senate chairperson, cannot serve as acting president because he is too young. When the president is not in Pakistan, the Senate chairperson becomes the acting president.

However, Shinwari argued that to be president, you have to be at least 45 years old. Sanjrani is only 41. Therefore, his appointment is against Article 49 of the Constitution, he argued.

He had named the federal government and Sanjrani in the case. He based his argument on the fact that on May 14, 2018, when then president Mamnoon Hussain was not in the country, Sanjrani was made acting president. He argued that the government should not give Sanjrani these powers.

However, the court threw out the petition and ruled that Sanjrani is fit to be the acting president in the absence of the country’s president.

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