ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday accepted a review petition for hearing seeking to disqualify Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.
A three-member bench of the SC comprised on Justice Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Atta Bandyal and Justice Aijaz-ul-Ahsan heard the case on review plea seeking to disqualify Sindh CM.
As the hearing went underway, Lawyer Hamid Khan told the court that Murad was disqualified by the SC and he never filed a review petition against its disqualification in 2013.
Justice Umar Atta Bandyal told the court that the court needs a judicial declaration to implement article 62-1F. To which, Justice Azmat Saeed responded that the SCs verdict is a declaration as every candidate is bound to submit his testimony before the election and in case of submitting a false affidavit, the article 62-1F can be implemented.
Lawyer Hamid Khan then told the court that Murad submitted a false affidavit in 2013 while he never submitted an affidavit that he has abandoned Canadian nationality. He told the court that Sindh CM and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) lawmaker contested in the 2008 polls while he possessed a dual nationality and once the court asked all the parliamentarians to submit their affidavits for not having a dual nationality he opted to resign instead.
The court then by accepting the plea with a vote count of 2:1 issued a notice to the Sindh Chief Minister.
Justice Umar Atta Bandyal voted against the decision while the other two members of the bench voted in its favour.