SC moved for early hearing of Shahbaz Sharif’s eligibility case

ISLAMABAD: An application seeking early hearing of a pending petition against the eligibility of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif was filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday.

The application was filed by a petitioner, Shahid Orakzai, stating that on November 29, 2012, a Supreme Court bench after hearing his arguments on his petition, had instructed its SC office to place his application before the Chief Justice of Pakistan for constitution of a larger bench to deal with the issue of holding of dual membership by the assembly members, however might be the SC office did not do so.

Referring reasons for early hearing, the applicant stated that the term of the provincial assembly was going to be expired on March 26, thus his pending petition deserved to be heard on priority basis.

Accepting the pending petition for regular hearing, the Supreme Court had noted in its order that there was no authoritative judgment on the subject of dual membership barred by Article 223 of the Constitution, thus the petitioner was required to advance further arguments in favour of his plea.

The applicant stated that in compliance with the apex court’s earlier directions, he had already withdrawn a similar petition pending before the Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi bench.