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Thursday Sep 14 2017

Nawaz’s disqualification not justified under any law: PML-N's Zafarullah


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Barrister Zafarullah said on Thursday that they have presented the stance before the Supreme Court that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification was not justified under any law.

Zafarullah, along with other PML-N leaders, was addressing the media outside the apex court where the review petitions of the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Panama Papers case are being heard.

“In the history of Pakistan, judges giving a verdict are not made guardians of the proceedings,” said Zafarullah, a barrister and legal adviser to the premier.

While responding to a question, the barrister said that the Supreme Court's decision in the Maulvi Tameezuddin case was not accepted as well.

PML-N leader and IT minister Anusha Rahman also addressed the media, saying that the report of the Joint Investigation Team was incomplete.

The court ordered filing of references on the basis of an incomplete report, she said. 

In today's hearing, the Supreme Court observed that the documents submitted to the court during the Panama Papers case proved that then prime minister Nawaz Sharif received a salary from a UAE-based company in August 2013.  

Continuing his arguments from Wednesday, Nawaz's lawyer, Khawaja Harris, argued that Nawaz never claimed to receive any salary from FZE Capital.

He added that a proper trial is needed for a lawmaker's disqualification, saying that if just his election was termed void then Nawaz would only have been barred for one term.

Justice Azmat stated that the apex court made its decision in the case on verified facts.

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