SC reserves decision on article 62 disqualification duration case

Islamabad (Web Desk): A five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday reserved its judgment in a case pertaining to the interpretation of article 62 (1)(f) of the constitution.

During today’s proceedings headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf concluded his arguments before the court.

He argued that the Constitution did not determine the duration of disqualification in article 62.

Upon this, the Chief Justice asked whether disqualification was for life if the Constitution did not determine its duration.

The CJP inquired if a disqualified person could contest by-elections or the coming elections.

Justice Saqib Nisar further asked whether or not a disqualified person could contest elections even after declaration of his disqualification.

The Attorney General while responding to the queries said that it was the Supreme Court to decide duration of disqualification.

Another member of the SC’ bench, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed asked whether the declaration expires itself if the Constitution does not determine duration of disqualification.

The Attorney General argued that declaration does not expire itself; however, he added that the disqualification’s duration should be determined as per the nature of the cases.

The court then reserved its judgment.

The court also barred the Attorney General from travelling abroad saying that significant cases were pending due to which the court could not allow him to go abroad.

The Attorney General informed the court that he would comply with the apex court’s orders.

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