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Shahbaz Disqualification: LHC Reserves Verdict on Maintainability

Lahore (July 17, 2017):  Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday reserved verdict on maintainability of a petition filed by  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan seeking disqualification of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as member of provincial Assembly.

Imran Khan through his counsel Baber Awan had moved to LHC seeking disqualification of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as member of Punjab Assembly for violation of his oath.

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A single member bench of LHC Justice Shahid Karim on Tuesday took up the petition for preliminary hearing.

After hearing arguments of the petitioner’s counsel and ECP counsel over the question of maintainability of the petition, the judge reserved his order.

Naming Shahbaz Sharif and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as respondents, the PTI chief had moved to LHC for disqualification of the chief minister.

The petition submitted that Shahbaz Sharif despite holding public office was associated with personal business. Shahbaz Sharif had gifted Rs6 billion to Nawaz Sharif, which had not been mentioned in any money trial, the petition added.

The petition maintained that the CM also used his influence for undue favor to a family Sugar Mills. The petition further said that as per JIT report the assets of Sharif family were beyond their know sources of income.

Imran pleaded the court to disqualify Shahbaz Sharif and order his removal as Chief Minister of Punjab.

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