LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday sought a reply from Election Commission of Pakistan in a petition seeking disqualification of PM Nawaz Sharif for his alleged involvement in Panama leaks.

Justice Shahid Waheed passed the order and deferred further proceedings until June 8.

Jawad Ashraf, a lawyer-petitioner filed the petition and submitted that he had already moved an application to the ECP to declare Nawaz Sharif disqualified to be elected as national assembly member but since long the commission had not decided the matter.

Mr Ashraf stated that Mr Nawaz Sharif did not qualify under articles 62 and 63 and such could not participate in the election.

The petitioner said the Panama Papers had proved his claim but the ECP was not inclined to decide his application. He alleged that PM Nawaz and his family had plundered national wealth and siphoned off it in their offshore accounts.

He submitted that after admission of Hussain Nawaz Sharif about existence of their companies outside Pakistan, the prime minister should be declared as disqualified to hold top democratic office. He submitted Hussain was minor when offshore company was purchased outside Pakistan in 1993 and 1994 but Nawaz Sharif did not declare his assets before the ECP.

He said that the PM had concealed facts from the public and thus, he could not be elected as Member of National Assembly. The petitioner requested the court to order the ECP to start inquiry against Mr Nawaz Sharif for concealing facts from the public while submitting nomination papers and should hold him disqualified under articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

In another case, the LHC issued notice to federal government in a petition challenging transfer of Accountant General Punjab Zafar Hasan Raza.

The judge adjourned hearing until May 30.

The petitioner submitted that Auditor General of Pakistan had transferred him and posted as member finance in Economic Energy Commission without having authority to do so. He said according to the law, any officer of or above grade 21 can only be transferred after approval from prime minister.

According to the petitioner, the post of member finance is of grade 22 and an officer of grade 21 also cannot be posted for the said office. He requested the court to declare his transfer as illegal and unconstitutional.