A full bench of the LHC on Friday dismissed the petitions filed by various members of provincial and national assemblies, seeking dismissal of writ petitions against their qualification and disqualification.
The petitioners Farooq Yousuf Ghurki, Mian Javed Latif, Malik Riaz, Safdar Husain Gill, Mian Muhammad Azam Chailla, Raza Zahid Husain, Liaquat Ali Bhatti, Khalid Husain and Shafiq Gujjar filed these petitions to seek benefit on technical grounds.The MPAs and MNAs holding fake degrees in their petitions had raised the issue that under Article 225 of the Constitution, their qualification could be questioned only through an election petition within some stipulated time. But in the instant cases, they said, their eligibility had been challenged through writ petitions which is against the Constitution .
They claimed that the courts had entertained the petitions against them in violation of the Constitution.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, dismissing the petitions, held that the writ petitions filed for disqualification of assembly members were maintainable.The bench held that any citizen could challenge the eligibility of assembly members through writ petitions as per article 199 of the Constitution of Pakistan.
Earlier, the bench reserved its decision after hearing the arguments.It is very shame that the members of the Parliament are trying to hoodwink the system and the masses to come back to power corridors. They are very shameless that instead of apologizing to the nation for such an criminal act of getting fake degrees they are trying to sit in the assemblies again..