LHC dismisses plea to disqualify Shahbaz

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Lahore: Lahore High Court (LHC) here Tuesday dismissed a plea of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Chairman, seeking disqualification of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif.

Imran Khan’s counsel, Babar Awan had filed the reference, praying the court to disqualify Shahbaz Sharif in the wake of JIT findings about the ruling family. He said there is sufficient evidence against the disqualification of Shahbaz Sharif.

However, Justice Shahid Kareem questioned the maintainability of the reference and asked Babar Awan to explain as to why the party opted to approach this court instead of approaching the appropriate forum, Speaker of the provincial assembly.

To which, Babar contended that the party had approached the speaker seeking the CM’s disqualification but all in vain as he shied away from taking action against the CM of the party he belonged to. Under Article 62 of the Constitution, the high court was appropriate forum to seek such relief, he added.

After hearing his initial arguments, the court reserved the verdict. Later, the court announced its verdict, dismissing the plea of PTI Chairman.

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