LAHORE- The Lahore High Court Friday was moved an application seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the charges of sending billions of rupees from public money abroad.

Barrister Javed Iqbal filed the civil miscellaneous application in his main petition against foreign assets of Pakistani politicians and some other renowned personalities. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif caused serous loss to national exchequer by sending money abroad through illegal means. He also said the PM did not meet the criteria of being member parliament as prescribed by Articles 62 & 63 of the Constitution.  He prayed the court to constitute a seven-member bench to hear the petition challenging their eligibility.  Meanwhile, Barrister Jafree also filed another petition in the Lahore High Court challenging likely purchase of a 2400cc Mercedes Benz car for Salman Butt, the sitting Attorney General of Pakistan.

In his petition, Barrister Jafree said, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave an approval of a summary for the purchase of a luxury car worth Rs15 million. He pointed out that the summary was directly sent to the Prime Minister and ignored the ministry of law and parliament. He said that AG was not legally entitled to avail such facility. Jafree further said that the act of the prime minister is based on nepotism and open violation of the law. He pleaded the court to set aside the summary approved by the PM regarding the purchase of a luxury car for the AG for being illegal.

SAAD CASE REFERRED TO SPEAKER: Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court Friday referred to the speaker of the National Assembly, a petition seeking remarks of Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq expunged from the proceedings of the Joint session of the assembly on September 10, observing that the petitioner should avail the remedy from the appropriate forum. The judge also observed that if the speaker did not decide the application in this regard within one month the petitioner could file a fresh case.  Iqbal Toor, a resident of Sheikhupura district, had filed the petition through his counsel Barrister Maqsooma Zahra Bukhari submitting that Khawaja Saad Rafiq gave remarks against one opposition leader which contained condemnation of the culture or the people who owned dogs

The petitioner also sought declaration that part of the minister’s parliamentary speech which created controversy about Quid-i-Azam as violation to Article 19 of the Constitution.

The counsel pointed out that remarks of the minister was condemnable but the large number of members of the parliament lauded him for his speech.