NA Speaker rejects references against PM

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Monday rejected all four references seeking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification from NA membership for allegedly violating articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution in the wake of revelations made in the Panama Papers.

The NA Speaker had received eight references, out of which, four were filed against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, two against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, one against Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Achakzai and one against PTI leader Jahangir Tareen.

Ayaz Sadiq rejected and returned Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed’s reference, stating that his 182-page reference contains insufficient evidence against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, thus, he cannot be disqualified.

Giving clean chit to Nawaz Sharif and Mehmood Achakzai, the NA Speaker forwarded remaining references to the Election Commission, stating that their disqualification is out of question.
The references filed against the prime minister by PTI, Awami Muslim League’s Sheikh Rashid and former Member of National Assembly Umar Farooq were rejected for lack of evidence.
Sources said that the speaker rejected one reference filed against PTI chief Imran Khan but forwarded another reference filed by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Daniyal Aziz.
The Speaker forwarded the reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan seeking disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan from the assembly.

The reference includes evidences that Khan, while declaring his assets, showed the 30-kanal land in Bani Gala as a ‘gift’. When analysed carefully, it turned out that the land was sold by Jemima Khan and Imran Khan purchased it.

The revenue record of the land also substantiates the aforementioned facts, stated Sadiq in the reference. The NA speaker took the stance that he agrees with the evidences and hence forwarded the reference to the election commission.

The ECP will consider the references in a few days. He also stated Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen’s disqualification could be brought into consideration.

References against Imran and Tareen were submitted by PML-N’s Daniyal Aziz, Talal Chaudhry and Maiza Hameed on August 5.

Imran was accused of concealing details about offshore companies while Tareen was accused of concealing details of his assets in the nomination papers for elections.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, Pakistan Awami Tehrik and Pakistan People’s party have all filed disqualification references against the Prime Minister with the speaker as well with the Election Commission of Pakistan.

PML-N leader Danial Aziz in a TV interview said that the speaker’s stance in the reference is based on all the evidences. There is a difference between Khan’s nomination papers submitted with the ECP and his tax records, he contended. He said the PTI chief should be declared ineligible under articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan. Staff Reporter