ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Mian Saqib Nisar Tuesday remarked that under political parties act any member of the assembly cannot be disqualified for submitting fake certificate.
He made these remarks during the hearing of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) chairman’s disqualification case and use of prohibited funds by PTI. A three-member bench head by Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising of Justice Umar Atta Bandiyal and Justice Faisal Arab conducted the proceeding of the case.
During the hearing, the CJP inquired is it true that LLC USA was an agent of the PTI and it carries the fund raising work for PTI and if it receives funds through prohibited sources then what should be done. He also asked from PML-N lawyer about funds received from corporations. Whether FARA has provided information?
PTI counsel said it was not his party’s task to provide information to FARA, adding agent will has to work under given powers. He said PTI has the same list as provided. He said funds were collected following the law.
Hanif Abbasi’s lawyer Akram Sheikh argued that party could not be exonerated against accord of the agent. Upon this CJP remarked that in political parties act and public representation act there is no punishment of disqualification. He said the confiscation of prohibited funds exit in the law.
CJP remarked that the court would not give time to any party. He said federal government has to take action against prohibited funds.
Akram Sheikh argued that Imran Khan submitted fake certificate. He said Imran Khan received funds from Henry Kissinger foundation in the name of Shaukat Khanum Hospital and Mianwali University.
CJP posed a question does the Imran be disqualified when there is nothing in the law of political parties act.? PML-N lawyer said fake documents have been submitted in the court. He said case was registered against Chairman SECP for giving fake documents. He said U.S policy has ruined the country.
CJP inquired what relation of submitting documents in court with ECP is. He said it is good step that funds are coming from abroad. Do the governments not receive money from U.S?, he asked .
Justice Faisal Arab remarked does the article 62 apply in every case. When Akram Sheikh , PML-N lawyer argued that fund can be received from a company which is working against Pakistan’s interests, the CJP remarked these funds would be confiscated.
CJP further remarked that it was not task of the government to collect evidences, adding the if government wanted to take action, it should.