SC can’t vet lawmakers on moral grounds: PTI counsel

ISLAMABAD – Naeem Bukahri, counsel for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, on Tuesday took the plea that the apex court could not examine parliamentarians on moral grounds.

Naeem Bukhari who also represented Imran Khan in the Panama Papers case contended that Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution could not be used as a tool for disqualification. Interestingly, his stance in Panama Papers case was that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should be disqualified under this article.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, heard PML-N’s petition against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and General Secretary Jehangir Tareen for having offshore companies.

Bukhari relied upon the judgment of Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed rendered in Panama Papers case, which says: “Article 62(1) (f) of the Constitution cannot be permitted to be used as a tool for political engineering by this court nor should this court seek this power to examine candidates on moral grounds.”

Earlier, Justice Umar Atta

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