IHC hears Fawad Chaudhry disqualification case today



Basharat Raja


Federal minister Fawad chaudhry disqualification case will be heard today.

Islamabad High court (IHC) will take up for hearing Fawad chaudhry disqualification case today.

Registrar office of IHC has issued cause list. Chief Justice Athar Minallah will hear the case.

Court has already issued notices to Fawad Chaudhry and Election commission and sought reply.

Fawad chaudhry has been charged with concealing assets. An application was filed seeking disqualification of Fawad chaudhry under section 62(1F).

IHC had also issued notices to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the law ministry and asked the three to submit their response.

Petitioner had pleaded before IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah that the minster had concealed his assets while submitting his nomination papers to the ECP and should be disqualified under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.

“He did not declare land he owns in Jhelum,” the lawyer said. “ He is not sadiq and ameen”

The constitutional article says that a person can be disqualified as a member of the national or provincial legislatures if he is not ‘Sadiq and Ameen’ – truthful and trustworthy.

In response, Justice Minallah asked which person is ‘Sadiq and Ameen’. Such political cases should be resolved on political forums he added.

The advocate argued that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen had been disqualified on the same ground to which the chief justice replied that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s(PML-N) Khawaja Asif was also disqualified by IHC, but later he was reinstated by Supreme Court.