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Pakistan: PTI files plea for disqualification of PM, interior and foreign ministers


The Lahore High Court (LHC) will on Monday hear a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) as an “objection case” in which the party has sought the disqualification of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Dawn reported on Saturday.

However, the LHC registrar office raised an objection to the petition’s maintainability, saying necessary documents had not been provided by the petitioner.

Therefore, Justice Shujaat Ali Khan will take up the petition on August 1 as an objection case and decide the objection raised by the registrar office first.

The petition was jointly filed by the PTI’s former MNA Andleeb Abbas and Advocate Hassaan Khan Niazi, pleading that the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif misused his powers and violated the Constitution by allowing his son Suleman and nephew Hussain Nawaz, both proclaimed offenders, to meet the Saudi crown prince during an official visit.

The petitioners stated the prime minister took his cabinet members to London to meet former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former finance minister Ishaq Dar, both of whom are proclaimed offenders.

This way the PM and his cabinet memebers violated the Official Secret Act 1923.

They therefore asked the court to disqualify the respondents and also direct the police to initiate criminal proceedings against the PM and his cabinet members.

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