LAHORE - The Pakistan Awami Tehreek yesterday decided to file reference in Election Commission of Pakistan for disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from National Assembly.

The PAT is the third political party which is going to challenge the PM’s qualification for holding NA seat. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has already filed reference against PM and the Pakistan People’s Party announced to prepare it.

PAT spokesperson Noorullah Siddiqui, quoting party decision, said: “The reference will be filed very soon.” He said the decision had been made in the core committee meeting of the party.

Ishtiaq Chaudhry, PAT lawyers’ wing head, said the reference against PM will be filed under Article 62, 63 and 5 of the Constitution.

“Prime Minister has failed to give satisfactory answers about his assets after Panama Papers’ revelations. Nawaz Sharif has concealed his assets from the ECP and is not trustworthy to keep his National Assembly seat,” he said.

PTI has already filed a reference seeking prime minister’s disqualification claiming it possessed important evidence and documents which could disqualify the PM. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should be disqualified from the National Assembly seat he had won in the general elections 2013 for concealing his assets after the Panama Papers controversy came to light.

The PPP, on the other side, prepared a reference against prime minister and his four close relatives – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, PM’s son-in-law Captain Safdar and nephew Hamza Shahbaz Sharif - to seek their disqualification claiming that all the five did not meet criteria of qualification for holding public offices required under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution. The reference prepared by PPP comprises around 1,000 pages having sufficient evidence to declare them disqualified and includes self-contradictory statements of Sharifs as evidence, according to the PPP.