Islamabad (HRNW): The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition seeking disqualification of Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed over alleged mis-declaration of his assets. A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from both sides. Advocate Shakeel Awan, the petitioner’s lawyer, submitted that the AML chief didn’t declare his complete assets in his nomination papers for 2013 general elections. He said the lawmaker mis-declared his assets and, therefore, he should be disqualified as member of the National Assembly. Sheikh Rasheed’s lawyer, however, admitted that his client erroneously mis-declared the assets in question.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa, a member of the bench, observed that it has been settled in the landmark verdict in a case famously called Panamagate that an advertent or inadvertent mistake could led to disqualification. He said the Panamagate case actually involved the issue of ownership of the Sharif family’s London flats, but former premier Nawaz Sharif was disqualified over Iqama ( UAE work permit).