Shahbaz Sharif, Saad Rafique lands in hot waters

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Shahbaz Sharif, Saad Rafique lands in hot waters

ISLAMABAD: A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking cancellation of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) orders that allowed issuance of production orders for Shehbaz Sharif and Khawaja Saad Rafique to attend National Assembly sessions.

The two Pakistan Mulsim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders are currently in National Accountability Bureau’s custody over corruption charges.

The petitioner, Advocate Riaz Hanif Rahi, argued that issuing production order of a suspect was tantamount to violation of law and the Constitution. According to him, the NA sessions were being marred by controversies ever since the suspects had been allowed to attend its proceedings.

Issuing production orders of a person facing criminal investigation in accordance with National Assembly’s rule of business number 108 was contrary to the Article 67 of the Constitution, read the petition. “This raises questions over legal standing of rule 108,” it added.

Making Shehbaz and Rafique respondents in the case, Rahi appealed the apex court to declare the IHC verdict null and void.