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IHC dismisses petitions for disqualification of Asif Zardari, Fawad chaudhry

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has dismissed petitions seeking disqualification of PPP co-chairman andformer president Asif Ali Zardari, and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Thursday has issued the detailed verdict in this regard.

“As a judge, I do not claim supremacy over the elected representatives. The high standard of Sadiq and Amin does not exist for any office holder other than the elected representatives,” IHC CJ said in his judgement.

“This measure is not even for the unelected people under whose government half the life of this country has passed,” IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah added.

“Disqualification under Article 62 (1)(f) has profound implications. The Parliament can form its own mechanism of self-accountability for the elected representatives,” he asserted.

“Fawad Chaudhry and Asif Ali Zardari are not convicted by any court. Disqualification of both the public representatives has been sought on disputed facts,” he stated.

“Determining the disputed facts requires investigation. Political opponents of both the representatives will benefit during the investigation,” IHC CJ remarked.

“If both are declared eligible after the investigation, there will be no compensation for them for the damage they suffered,” he added.

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“The courts’ involvement in such investigations undermines public confidence in the elected representatives,” the ruling said.

“The courts getting into these matters also waste the time of the ordinary litigants,” IHC CJ remarked.

Saman Siddiqui

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