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SHC reserves verdict; LHC fixes hearing in PM dismissal pleas

08 May, 2012

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KARACHI/LAHORE: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani following the Supreme Court's verdict in a contempt of court case.

On the same day, the Lahore High Court (LHC) fixed June 6 for the hearing of a petition that also sought disqualification of the prime minister on the basis of alleged loan default and getting the same written off by his wife Fauzia Gilani.

A division bench of the SHC, consisting of Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Nadeem Akhtar, reserved the verdict on a petition by Maulvi Iqbal Haider.

"PM Gilani cannot run the state's affairs as PM after the SC's verdict in the contempt of court case," Haider said in his petition.

Separately, petitioner Tariq Ahmad submitted in the LHC that the wife of prime minister had obtained a loan of billions of rupees from the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited and National Bank of Pakistan.

He alleged that Fauzia got the loan written off using the political influence of her husband. He said that under Article 63 of the constitution, if a parliamentarian, his spouse or any of his dependents defaulted in such payments, the parliamentarian stood disqualified.


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