LAHORE  - A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed an intra-court appeal filed against rejection of a writ petition, challenging eligibility of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar for allegedly lying on the floor of the parliament regarding the role of the army chief as an arbitrator to resolve the present political crisis.

The bench, headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan, passed this order, holding that the proceedings of the Parliament, enjoying immunity against action by any court of law, cannot be sued.

The bench observed that the petition was not maintainable and upheld the decision of the single bench.  Insaf Lawyers Forum, Punjab chapter, had filed the appeal through its senior vice president, Advocate Gohar Nawaz Sindhu. According to the petitioner, the PM and the interior minister had violated the Constitution by lying on the floor of the Parliament that the government had not asked chief of the army staff (COAS) to play his role as a mediator.

The petitioner said the press release issued by ISPR refuted the statement of the government and proved the prime minister and the interior minister had told a lie on the floor of the Parliament. He submitted the government had tried to give an impression that the COAS intervened in the situation on the request of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

He contended the prime minister and the interior minister had failed to meet the criteria set by articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution, so they should be declared disqualified.  After hearing the arguments of the counsel for the petitioner, the bench dismissed the appeal.