Irfan Qadir, the counsel for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ishaq Khakwani, on Thursday hinted at seeking to invoke Supreme Court’s review power against its order to hear Prime Minister Sharif’s disqualification matter in Quetta Registry on November 10.
A three-member bench of acting Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja resumed the hearing of three pleas seeking disqualification of incumbent Prime Minister over his speech in National Assembly regarding army chief’s role in relation to the efforts aimed at ending sit-ins of the PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in the Red Zone of Islamabad. Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, PTI leader Ishaq Khan Khakwani and PTI Lawyer forum Lahore’s vice president Gohar Nawaz Sindu are petitioners.
On Thursday, the bench asked the petitioners’ counsel to appear before the Quetta Registry in the current matter on November 10; however, the PTI leader’s counsel Qadir contended that his client’s contentions are different from Gohar Nawaz Sindhu’s; therefore he would not appear before the bench in Quetta Registry. Talking to media persons after the hearing, Qadir said that as soon as he receives a written order from the court he will challenge the apex court’s order by filing a review, saying a draft of the petition has been prepared.
Expressing his concerns over ‘inordinate’ delay in the fixation of the main case’s hearing regarding recusal application filed by him, he claimed that the appeal in the same matter has taken as many as 65 days and yet to be decided by the court. Qadir said that petitions filed by politicians such as Mian Nawaz Sharif and Khawaja Asif under Article 184 (3) in the Supreme Court were never heard in Quetta Registry but the principal seat of the apex court in Islamabad. “Why this important matter is being fixed in the Quetta Registry particularly when no decision has been made on my recusal application in the matter,” Qadir concluded.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT