SC announces verdict on Sheikh Rasheed’s disqualification


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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday has dismissed the petition seeking disqualification of Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed, Aaj News reported. 

A three-member bench headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah announced the decision, after reserving its verdict in the case on March 20, 2018.

Earlier, Rasheed reached the premises of the apex court Wednesday morning and speaking to the media outside the court, the politician had said that he would accept SC’s verdict humbly.

The petition, filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Shakeel Awan who lost the 2013 general election to Rasheed, claimed that the AML chief mis-declared his assets in his nomination papers and owned the error as well.

During hearing of the petition, Awan’s counsel had argued before the three-member bench that according to the Representation of People’s Act, it was necessary to accurately declare all of one’s assets before contesting elections.

He had asserted that the most recent court case regarding the wrong filling of nomination papers was the 2017 Panama Papers judgment.

Rasheed’s counsel, on the other hand, had contended that his client did not conceal anything and accepted that his client had owned the mistake in valuing his assets.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa had remarked during the hearing that according to the petitioner, whatever the error, the lawmaker should be disqualified.

The question was whether a lawmaker stood disqualified if it was proved that he or she had committed an error while filling out the nomination papers or his/her assets, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed had observed.