ISLAMABAD -  Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday said soon they will determine whether disqualification under Article 62(1)(f) of Constitution is for life or for one, three or five years.

The appeals against the disqualification under this article have been pending before the larger bench of the Supreme Court for the past one year.

However, the interpretation of Article 62(1)(f) has attained a new significance since the ouster of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified as member of the parliament under the same article on July 28 last year.

The CJP was heading a three-member bench, which heard an appeal of Multan Cantonment Board Chairman Hamayun Akhtar against the Election Tribunal’s decision of disqualifying him.

The counsel for the petitioner contended before the court that the election tribunal had declared him ineligible from contesting elections as he had failed to declare a bank account in his nomination papers. He further submitted that his client has been barred for life from contesting elections due to the tribunal’s decision.

At this, the chief justice observed that his client failed to declare Rs3.7 million present in his bank account. He recalled that in the Nawaz Sharif case the court had ruled that concealing assets in election nomination papers is dishonesty.

The court then dismissed the petition of Hamayun Akhtar, upholding the Election Tribunal’s decision of disqualifying him.

The Supreme Court is all set to take up on Tuesday (Jan 30) a number of appeals involving, among other constitutional questions, the interpretation of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.

A larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umer Ata Bandyal, Justice Ijazul Ahsen and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, will hear about 16 appeals filed by the parliamentarians who were disqualified under this article for having fake educational degrees.

Justice Azmat and Justice Ijazul Ahsen were also part of the five-member larger bench that disqualified Nawaz Sharif in Panama leaks case.

Former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had held in the 2013 Abdul Ghafoor Lehri case that certain disqualifications under Article 63 were of temporary nature and a person disqualified under the provisions of this article could become qualified after the lapse of a certain period.

But there is no clarity about Article 62 that whether the disqualifications under its provisions are of permanent nature or they too are time bound.