ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would decide the fate of various petitions seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on September 28.

Sources in the Commission told The Nation on Friday that cases filed by the PPP and PTI could not be decided until and unless the respondents seek another adjournment or clubbing these petitions with other eight disqualification references sent by the Speaker National Assembly, which are also scheduled for the same date.

On the last hearing held on September 6, the Election Commission adjourned the hearing of various disqualification petitions including Panama Papers till September 28.

The counsel of the prime minister, Salman Butt, in his arguments, pleaded before the court for additional time to study the case due to non-availability of the case papers. The lawyer representing the opposition parties opposed the plea as it will cause delay. However, former Attorney General Salman sought time for submitting a detailed reply.

The disqualification references were filed by chief of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Yasmin Rashid, a former candidate of PTI, who contested elections against Nawaz Shairf during the last general elections.

The ECP also summoned chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on September 28, on a petition pleading Imran’s disqualification on alleged concealing and making false assets claims and forwarding false information in his election nomination papers.

Shahnawaz Dhiloan, the petitioner, had sought disqualification of Imran for allegedly concealing his offshore company. In the reference, Shahnawaz Dhiloan alleged that Imran had set up an offshore company, Niazi Services, to conceal his assets details.

The ECP also clubbed the corruption in PTI funds case with Panama Papers cases. Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan said the PTI challenged ECP’s authority of hearing cases in a petition filed by Akbar S Baber whereas it advocated ECP’s powers to hear in PM’s disqualification case.

The Commission adjourned the hearing of disqualification reference filed against PTI Senator Liaquat Khan Tarakai till September 28.

The petitioner, Awami National Party’s Bushra Gohar, pleaded the action against proposer and seconder of Tarakai as both had recommended Tarakai for contesting Senate election despite knowing that Tarakai owned offshore companies.

The ECP also took up the reference filed against MNA Captain (retd) Safdar for his disqualification. Salman Butt represented Captain (retd) Sadfar before the Commission.

Lawyer of Nawabzada Salahuddin said that Safdar had challenged the jurisdiction of the Commission. Lawyer of Safdar was directed to file response before September 28. Faisal Chaudhry, the lawyer of Nawabzada Salahuddin Saeed, claimed that Safdar had submitted incomplete answer in ECP.

The ECP also adjourned the hearing of MNA Jehangir Tareen’s disqualification case till September 28. The ECP directed the lawyer of Tareen to submit response to the allegations before the next hearing of the case.