LAHORE: The 3-member full bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) has declared Pakistan Muslim League (N) Chief Nawaz Sharif ineligible to contest the by-elections and allowed Shahbaz Sharif to continue to work as Chief Minister Punjab. Petition of Shahbaz Sharif has been forwarded to Election Commission. The court in its verdict also on Monday said that Shahbaz Sharif’s case should be considered as pending.
The council of Shahbaz Sharif said the decision of LHC is not the one made independently and there is ambiguity in the verdict. The PML-N workers chanted slogans against the government outside LHC after the announcement of the decision. Earlier, a three-member re-constituted full bench of the Lahore High Court reserved its verdict on the case of the petitions filed against the eligibility of PML (N) Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and President of PML (N) Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to contest bye-elections scheduled on the 26th of this month. The bench comprises Mr. Justice Shabbar Raza Rizvi, Mr. Justice Abdus Shakoor Piracha and Mr. Justice M. Bilal Khan.
Spokesman of Muslim League-N Siddiqul Farooq Monday said Lahore High Court’s verdict to disqualify Nawaz Sharif was unacceptable. Talking to Geo News, he said PML-N rejected the decision, adding it was politically motivated and does not fulfill basic requirement of justice. Responding to question, he said Punjab government was pursuing the case. He further alleged the judgment was result of conspiracy hatched by President Musharraf.-SANA