Nawaz not to take part in pro­ceed­ings

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - -STAFF RE­PORT

IS­LAM­ABAD: Nawaz Sharif on Tues­day in­formed the court that he will not be a party to the case re­gard­ing the du­ra­tion of dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion where the court is in­ter­pret­ing Ar­ti­cle 62(1)(f) of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

For­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif sub­mit­ted his re­ply be­fore the Supreme Court of Pak­istan through the Ad­vo­cate on Record Azam Nazeer Tarar dis­tanc­ing him­self from the case. On the pre­vi­ous hear­ing held on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 31, Sharif's coun­sel had sought time to con­sult the party lead­er­ship. The court had granted the re­quest and had ad­journed the hear­ing to recom­mence on Wed­nes­day, Feb 7.

In his re­ply Sharif stated that, had he been party to the orig­i­nal pro­ceed­ings, he would have re­quested Jus­tice Az­mat Saeed Shaikh and Jus­tice Ijaz-ul-Ah­san to re­cuse them­selves from the bench "as they have al­ready ren­dered a judge­ment re­gard­ing the is­sue of my qual­i­fi­ca­tion as a mem­ber of Par­lia­ment and have ex­pressed their opin­ion about my per­son on a num­ber of oc­ca­sion, there­fore it would be un­for­tu­nate if the were to again de­cide on the is­sues keep­ing my per­son in their view."

Nawaz in­formed the court that he de­lib­er­ated with party lead­er­ship and de­cided that his be­com­ing party to the case which has been taken up "on the mo­tion of many other ag­grieved par­ties, hav­ing stakes in the is­sue, there­fore my join­ing of the pro­ceed­ings at this junc­ture be­fore this bench may prej­u­dice their cases."

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