Supreme Court to rule on disqualification period of lawmaker

Supreme Court to rule on disqualification period of lawmaker
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court is to announce its verdict on Friday in a case that will determine the political future of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and PTI’s general secretary Jahangir Khan Tareen.

A four-member larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, will rule on several identical petitions to stipulate the timeframe for which a lawmaker would stand disqualified in the wake of violation under Article-62-1F of the constitution.

Appearing before the apex court in the last hearing on February 14 this year, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali said the constitution needs to be amended to specify duration of disqualification of any member of the Parliament who was found to have been guilty.

He wondered if the disqualification of the lawmakers will continue even after the death, as no limit of time has been set in the law.

The court said that the 18th Amendment passed in 2010, does not spell out any time period for disqualification; hence, the duration for disqualification will continue for as long as the declaration holds. APP/AFP

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