Islamabad - One of the three Supreme Court judges seized with the hearing of Sharifs' eligibility case Monday observed that though former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif was pardoned but conviction against him stood intact. Justice Sheik Hakim Ali, a member of the 3-judge bench hearing the appeals regarding eligibility of Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shahbaz Sharif, made this observation while pointing towards a life-term handed down to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief in hijacking case lodged and decided against him immediately after the former dictator Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf dismissed his elected government through a coup in October 1999. Justice Moosa K Leghari and Justice Syed Sakhi Hussain Bokhari are the two other members of the bench which is also going to decide a plea moved by pro-Sharif lawyers seeking formation of an 'appropriate' bench for adjudicating upon the appeals before court. The court also asked lawyers of the proposer and seconder not to discuss the proceedings of the case in public. During the hearing on Monday Muhammad Akram Sheikh, the counsel for Mehr Zafar Iqbal, a proposer of nomination papers of Nawaz Sharif during the bye-elections for NA-123 (Lahore) gave his arguments before the bench. Advocate Sheikh submitted that the case of Nawaz Sharif was quite similar to those of Makhdom Javed Hashmi and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani as they got elected despite being convicted during the former dictator's autocratic regime. No only these leaders are allowed to contest but they also got elected, thus, no discrimination can be made between their cases and that of Nawaz Sharif, he argued. Justice Sheikh Hakim Ali however said the case of Nawaz Sharif was different as his sentence was pardoned but the conviction remained intact while in the cases of Hashmi and Gillani, sentences were suspended. Brushing aside the impression of any discrimination, the court further observed that Sharif brothers could have appeared before the court and their cases would have been properly heard. Justice Sheikh Hakim Ali told the counsel that conviction was a personal matter and Akram Sheikh and the seconder) could not contest on Nawaz Sharif's behalf. The court also asked the counsels representing both sides to refrain from discussing the case proceedings outside the courtroom. Akram Sheikh however insisted that the proposer and the seconder of a candidate are so important that the candidature of the contestant collapses if they (proposer and seconder) are not qualified or proved defaulters or have fake signatures etc. He vehemently raised questions about the candidature of Khurram Shah, an objector of Sharifsc and said Shah was neither a voter of NA-123 nor a resident of the constituency as he lived in NA-127, Shalamar. He further objected that Syed Khurram Shah filed objection against Nawaz Sharif after a lapse of three days as the last date for filing objections was May 24 but Shah surfaced on May 27 and yet his time barred objection was considered. Sheikh continued his arguments when the bench rose for the day while putting off the hearing till Tuesday (today). The three-judge bench of the apex court is hearing a set of appeals arising out a Lahore High Court ruling on June 24 last year, which had disqualified Nawaz Sharif and conditionally allowed Shahbaz Sharif to hold the office of provincial chief executive while referring the issue of his eligibility to Election Commission.