The Supreme Court will hear five pleas today on Thursday seeking various remedies including disqualification of incumbent Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and his family members allegedly involved in the Panama papers scandal.
A three-member bench led by the Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Ijazul Hassan and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain will resume the hearing on the pleas filed under Article 184 of the Constitution.
Filing the petition before the Supreme Court, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan urged the court to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members in the matter.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Amir Sirajul Haq, without mentioning the name of Prime Minister has sought directions of the court for investigation agencies to investigate the matter.
Pakistan Awami Muslim League’s head Sheikh Rashid of Rawalpindi and a lawyer of the Supreme Court Tariq Asad filed pleas separately seeking formation of a judicial commission to investigate the alleged investments in offshore companies.
Barrister Zafarullah of Watan Party has also filed a petition terming offshore investments legal, saying no action is required against such investments.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, one of the petitioners, Tariq Asad, filed a civil miscellaneous application in the matter, seeking court directives to federal government to restrain the PTI chairman Imran Khan and his workers from locking down Islamabad and staging a sit-in in the capital.
Filing the application under Rule 6 of Supreme Court Rules 1980, he made Federation through Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Secretary Ministry of Information, Chairman, Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Chairman PTI Imran Khan, National Accountability Bureau, Director General Federal Investigation Agency and Chairman of the Election Commission of Pakistan respondents.
Tariq Asad submitted that instead of changing or overthrowing the incumbent government, Imran Khan should follow a legal way of vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister of Pakistan under Article 95 of the Constitution.
“It is respectfully prayed to restrain Imran Khan from sit-in (dharna) and closing down Islamabad being prejudicial to public peace and order and security of Pakistan and direct the Federal Interior Ministry to restrain the workers of the PTI from assembling in Islamabad,” Tariq Asad prayed the apex court. –Business Recorder