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Disqualification Under 62 Not Applicable in My Case: Tareen

Web Desk (April 13, 2018): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen tweeted on Friday that he always believed that disqualification under Article 62 (1)(f) should be for life but this was not applicable in his case.

“I always believed 62 1(f) to be for life but not applicable in my case,” said Tareen on Twitter on Friday. “Full money trail provided of tax paid income, property declared in assets of children and not mine on advice of tax consultant. This was the only issue. My review is still pending and IA justice will prevail.”

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PTI leader Naeemul Haque echoed Tareen’s remarks, differentiating his case from that of Sharif’s. “As far as Sharif is concerned, we welcome this decision. He has looted and ruined this country,” Haque said regarding today’s decision.

“We respect the decision of the Supreme Court, but the cases of Nawaz Sharif and Jahangir Tareen were different because the latter was not in government.”He added that “Tareen has continued to play an important part in the party and will continue to do so. He does not need to hold a position in order to contribute to the party”.

PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi urged the PML-N to accept the Supreme Court verdict, saying that political parties should not “revolve around a personality but an ideology”.

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“I’m sure they (PML-N) must be very upset over this decision,” he said. “But Nawaz Sharif is just a member of the party. They have already elected a new president, now they should move on and avoid taking any step that might endanger democracy.”

He advised Sharif to “change his attitude” or PML-N members will continue to defect the party.

Qureshi, however, did not comment on Tareen’s disqualification.Earlier, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has declared Nawaz Sharif and Jehangir Tareen disqualified for the life, under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution today.

According to the details, four members bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Sadiq Nisar, Justice Azmat Saeed Shaikh, Justice Umer Atta Bandiyal, Justice Aijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah announced the verdict.

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A five-member larger bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, had reserved the verdict while hearing several petitions to determine the time-period a lawmaker would remain disqualified for after being de-seated in violation of Article 62(1)(f) and other election laws.

During the hearing, the court had observed that the disqualification will continue for as long as the declaration [signed by electoral candidates declaring them honest] holds, adding that the 18th Amendment, passed in 2010, did not determine a time period for disqualification.

At an earlier hearing on February 8, the chief justice had also acknowledged the ambiguity of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.On February 6, Nawaz had informed the court that he would not be partaking in the proceedings after the bench had issued him notices.

The former premier had maintained that in his understanding “to take part in election process is a fundamental right and therefore no perpetual disqualification can be imposed on someone by interpreting Article 62 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”He had further said that “a time limit could have been provided by the Parliament but since it has not been done so, the issue of qualification under Article 62 is confined only to the election in question.”

“I being a strong proponent of democracy believe that it is the right of people of Pakistan to participate in the process of election and to reject or elect candidate(s) of their choice. They enjoy an inalienable right to elect their representatives through a true democratic process and not be given the list of selective people through the process of elimination.”

‘Sadiq and Ameen’
Article 62(1)(f) reads: “A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless-…he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law.”The judgment would have consequences for disqualified lawmakers, especially Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

On December 15, last year, the Supreme Court had disqualified Tareen for failing to declare an offshore company and a foreign property in his election nomination papers.

Similarly, the then prime minister Nawaz was disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28, 2017, for concealing in his nomination papers the receivable income from his son’s company in UAE.

‘Disqualification should last till next election’.

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