ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court would examine allegations levelled against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for telling a lie to the nation regarding seeking army chief’s help for ending political deadlock due to the PAT and PTI sit-ins.
A three-member bench headed by acting Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said Thursday while hearing PTI leader Ishaq Khakwani, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Vice-President PTI Lawyers Forum Gohar Nawaz Sindhu applications.
They petitioners have sought the PM’s disqualification for giving a statement on the floor of the National Assembly.
The court observed that so far the petitioners have not provided evidence of the allegations, levelled against the PM.
Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany questioned how anyone could be sentenced without charge. He said the Chief of Army Staff and the Prime Minister meet quite often and discuss important issues and asked whether a case could be filed on the basis of meetings.
The judge further asked if the PM in a meeting expressed views against judiciary then whether the contempt proceedings could be initiated against him?
The court turned down objections of Khakwani and Shujaat’s counsel Irfan Qadir regarding hearing of the PM disqualification case on 10th November in SC Branch Registry, Quetta. Justice Jawwad remarked Balochistan was also part of Pakistan and the people of that province always complain they are being ignored as no institution takes care of them.
Irfan Qadir contended that 65 days have lapsed but the court had still not heard their application.  Justice Jawwad told him they would hear him whole day in Quetta. However, the learned counsel said he would not go to Quetta regarding this case. Justice Jawwad said they would decide the case whether he appears or not. Qadir said he was a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court and his application has not been fixed yet. The counsel said before this court he had filed an appeal against the SC Registrar order, but it had not been heard. He told that his applications are pending, regarding constitution of larger bench and recusal of Justice Jawwad, then why he will go to Quetta. Qadir said he would file a review petition against this order, as this is his right, adding he sees no justice in the case.
Justice Jawwad told him if he was in hurry then he could file an application for early hearing.
Gohar Sindhu wanted to argue his petition but Justice Jawwad told him they had understood his case. He said the Speaker could not sentence anyone; as it was the jurisdiction of the court. Justice Osmany remarked that for punishment there was need of charge and if they fail to level charge then how there would be case. The hearing was adjourned till November 10.