ISLAMABAD – Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court has questioned the jurisprudence regarding disqualifications of parliamentarians developed by other judges through the Panama Papers judgment wherein Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Quaid Nawaz Sharif was ousted and declared disqualified from being Member of the Parliament.
Justice Isa also expressed his concerns over the selective application of ‘principle of strict liability’ on the parliamentarians, observing that such exercise created legal uncertainty.
“We must make every effort to dispel any impression that different persons are treated differently. Justice must not only be done but be seen to be done too. Every endeavour therefore should be made to resolve the prevailing legal uncertainty,” observed Justice Isa in his 27-page dissenting note in a case seeking disqualification of AML Chief Sheikh Rasheed.
Justice Isa also noted that the ‘principle of strict liability’ was applied in Panama Case while it was not applied in PTI chief Imran