LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah yesterday asked member of Pakistan Awami Tehreek to approach the Election Commission of Pakistan for disqualification of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah.

The CJ passed this order while hearing petition filed by Abdul Qayyum of Pakistan Awami Tehreek.  The petitioner had argued that Rana Sanaullah did not qualify the standard set by Article 62 and 63 of the constitution and he was no more sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and amen therefore he should be declared disqualified from his seat of Punjab assembly.

The petitioner further said that he was nominated in the murder case of 14 workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek. He said that as Punjab Law minister he would influence the case and  requested the court to  remove him from this seat so that impartial trial could be conducted in the murder of PAT workers.  After hearing the arguments, Justice Shah asked the petitioner to approach the election commission which he said was the appropriate forum in this matter. The CJ also directed the ECP to decide the matter in accordance with the law after giving proper opportunity of hearing to the petitioner. The petition was disposed of.

In another case, the LHC sought more assistance from the petitioner’s counsel to argue on the powers of the High Court that whether it can summon Advocate Generals of other provinces or not to decide the petition challenging the job quota systems in CSS.

Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah took up the matter.

The CJ also asked the counsel to argue on the point that if the high could decide the quota of other provinces or not. The CJ adjourned further hearing until Oct 19.

Previously, Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza directed federal government and others to submit replies and sent the petition to the LHC Chief Justice as he was already hearing the similar case.

In his petition, Atif Amin contended that under the Constitution, job quota system was introduced and enforced for a period of 40 years, aiming at giving considerable share to remote provinces in federal services.

The counsel said that his client was not selected while another candidate was selected on quota system. He contended that quota system collapsed after current CSS system was introduced. He pleaded the court that it should be declared unconstitutional