The Supreme Court on Monday asked for past precedence wherein a piece of legislation could be declared null and void, as hearing of the petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif got under way.
A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, took up the petitions, challenging the re-election of Sharif as head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) following his disqualification over the Panama Papers case.
The bench asked the lawyers for the petitioners to convince the court on the maintainability of petition before issuing notices to respondents. The Chief Justice observed that parliament is supreme, as stated in Jahangir Tareen’s case.
He asked the petitioners to cite judgments wherein legislation had been declared void. The bench also rejected an adjournment application from the lawyer for the National Party (NP).
In October, the government blocked the opposition’s move in the National Assembly to prevent a disqualified person from holding office in a political party, and paved the way for Sharif to continue calling the shots in the ruling party.
Imran Khan and Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed have moved the Supreme Court, requesting the court to bar a disqualified person from holding party office. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has also announced its intention to challenge the Elections Act, 2017.
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