LHC seeks reply from ECP on Ishaq Dar’s disqualification case | The Express Tribune

LHC seeks reply from ECP on Ishaq Dar’s disqualification case | The Express Tribune


LAHORE:
Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought responses from relevant departments, including the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), following a petition to remove PML-N leader Ishaq Dar member of the Senate.

The petition for an expedited decision on removal under Sections 63(2), 62 and 63(O) of the Constitution, has been pending before the election watchdog since February 2022.

The complainant’s lawyer, lawyer Azhar Siddique, points out that the Supreme Court declared the former finance minister “insolvent” before a three-judge bench headed by former chief justice Saqib Nisar of Pakistan when he this trial suo moto case against the “illegal” appointment of Attaul Haq Qasmi as head. of PTV.

He argued that the Supreme Court held the former ministers Pervez Rashid and Ishaq Dar as well as the former Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister responsible for the appointment of Qasmi and the financial benefits he received. The court declared Qasmi a “beneficiary of unlawful conduct”.

Azhar went on to say that Pervaiz Rashid and Ishaq Dar committed “(ignoring) the law and failed to fulfill their obligation to provide benefits to Mr. Qasmi”.

He added that according to the ruling, more than Rs 190 million was spent in the form of salary and benefits for Qasmi.

Ordered to return the money spent to former executives and PTV chairman of those involved in the illegal appointment, the bench said: “Qasmi will pay 50% of the amount, while ex-ministers Pervaiz Rasheed and Ishaq Dar pay 20% each and former Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister will have to pay 10% of Rs 190.78 million.” “Qasmi’s attitude is unacceptable and he should not be appointed to such a position in the future”, the ruling added.

Attorney Siddique implores that under the facts and circumstances set forth above, the petitioner’s office has filed a referral under the constitutional provision regarding the office of the President of the Senate, on November 6, 2021, regarding the submission of a reference to the ECP for the Elimination of Dar as a member of the Senate on the grounds that he is a “bankruptcy”.

According to Azhar, no date has been set as of May 26, as two months have passed and the ECP has “deliberately lingered on the matter under some primitive or other pretext just to facilitate leakage”.

He argued in court that the ECP had repeatedly withdrawn the lawsuit, which he said was against the rules of the Constitution.

Attorney further stated that the alleged action of the ECP in association with the federal government not only “ruined its image”, but also raised many questions about its neutrality.

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