Supreme Court (SC) has rejected the petition seeking Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid disqualification in misdeclaration of assets in nomination papers case.

A 3-member bench of SC presided over by  Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and comprising , Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah Wednesday  rejected the election appeal of Malik Shakeel Awan who had accused Rashid of misdeclaring his assets.

Onemember of bench Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed has however written dissenting note remarking the case be sent to full court for further hearing.

Following this decision of apex court Sheikh Rashid will be eligible to participate in general election-2018.

Talking to media men outside the court after the verdict, Sheikh Rashid said  "God is great; today, He bestowed me with respect again. Pen and inkpot has emerged victorious in the constituency of Rawalpindi today. Justice Qazi Faez Isa is respectable for me. I thank the people particularly overseas Pakistanis who prayed for me.

“ Had SC decision come against me I would have accepted it too because I am neither Nawaz Sharif nor I am by product of GHQ, he held.  I want Imran Khan led government this time in the country because he is a good person”, Sheikh Rashid remarked.

A PML-N leader and former MNA Shakil Awan had filed petition seeking Sheikh Rashid disqualification.

He had taken the plea Sheikh Rashid concealed the assets in general election-2013 and he gave wrong statement before Election Commission, therefore, he should be de-seated.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmad was elected MNA from constituency NA-55 Rawalpindi for the seventh time by defeating Shakil Awan.

Shakil Awan had defeated Sheikh Rashid in NA-56 during by polls in 2010.