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Courts Should not Get Involved in political Matters: IHC CJ

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday adjourned the hearing of a petition seeking disqualification of Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry from holding a public office for two weeks.

According to details, the court issued notices to Fawad Chaudhry and the law ministry to submit their response on the matter within two weeks.

During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah asked the advocate whether the court should intervene in political affairs.

To which, the advocate said that Mr Chaudhry had concealed his assets while submitting his nomination papers with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

“The land he owns in Jhelum was not declared in his nomination papers with the ECP,” he added.

The advocate told the court that Mr Chaudhry was not sadiq and amin. To this, Justice Minallah asked: “Which person is sadiq and amin?”

The advocate recalled that former premier Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Jahangir Khan Tareen had been disqualified on the same issues.

The court replied that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Khawaja Asif was disqualified, but later was reinstated.

Justice Minallah stated that the court has always discouraged its involvements in cases filed on political grounds as political affairs should be dealt on political forums.

“Courts as institutions [of accountability] should not get involve in political matters,” the chief justice went on to say.

The petition submitted against Fawad Chaudhry has pleaded with the court to disqualify the minister under Article 62 (1) (f) from holding public office as he had not disclosed documents containing his proprietary information.