Published On: Tue, Sep 6th, 2016

ECP adjourns hearing of references against PM till September 28th


ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday adjourned hearing of the references against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif till 28th September.

The election commission heard the references filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Awami Muslim League (AML) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The counsel of the prime minister, in his arguments, pleaded to the court for time to study the case as they don’t have the copies of the case papers. The lawyer representing the opposing parties argued that the government is using delaying tactics.

“The government’s lawyer should have come up with a reply in the hearing today,” the opposition’s counsel said.

In the last hearing, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had summoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Hamza Shahbaz, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar today.

PPP’s Barrister Latif Khosa, in the previous hearing, had claimed that PM Nawaz Sharif is the actual owner of the offshore companies, as his children were minor when these companies were registered.

The PPP counsel argued that Nawaz Sharif in the column of assets had wrote that he has no home and living in the residence of his mother.

The references, filed by the four parties, state that Nawaz Sharif is not eligible to become the prime minister under the Article 62 and 63 of the constitution.

Article 62 and 63 of the constitution states that a person has to be Sadiq and Ameen (honest and truthful) in order to become the prime minister of the country.

Armed forces fully prepared to defend homeland: President, PM

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have expressed the resolve of the nation and armed forces to protect sovereignty and security of Pakistan at all costs.

In their separate messages on Pakistan Defence Day on Tuesday (6th September), they said our armed forces are fully prepared to defend the homeland.

In his message, President Mamnoon Hussain said sixth September is a milestone in our history when 51 years ago Pakistan Army and the entire nation courageously defended the homeland against the enemy aggression.

He said successful Zarb-e-Azb operation has improved the security situation in the country for which the nation eulogizes and pays tribute to the brave and valiant armed forces.

In his message, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said on September 6 in 1965 our brave armed forces had given a clear message to the enemy about the independence of country.

Nawaz Sharif said we have attained self-reliance in production of advanced weapons and our nuclear capability is the hallmark of our strong defence.

He said we do not want to join the arms race in the region, however, will continue to ensure balance in the region.

Prime Minister said we have a clear stance on Kashmir and believe that the solution of this issue only lies in implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people.

Meanwhile, in his message, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistani nation is indebted to sacrifices rendered by martyrs of the armed forces for safeguarding the motherland in 1965 war.

Ayaz Sadiq said Pakistan Army has witnessed commendable success in the operation Zarb-e-Azb despite critical challenges.

Courtesy: ARY & Samaa

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology