Islamabad: A two-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) will announce today the verdict on a petition against election of Shehbaz Sharif as chairman Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
The bench is led by Chief Justice Athar Minallah and comprises Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani will announce the verdict today at 12:00pm. The verdict was earlier reserved after hearing arguments from both sides i.e. counsel of petitioner and govt.
Advocate Riaz Hanif Rahi, filed a petition and contended before the court that Sharif, who is opposition Leader in Assembly was not eligible to serve as PAC chairman. He said that issuance of his production orders by the NA speaker Asad Qaiser, is against the law of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Lawyer argued that appointment of him as chairman was like “ridiculing the constitution”, hence IHC should dismiss the Opposition Leader of the National Assembly from the presidency of PAC.
“Appointing corruption suspect Shehbaz as PAC chairman would influence the inquiry,” he asserted, while telling that it was against NAB’s rule to pressurize our own production order to attend National assembly meeting.
The PML-N leader is currently under the NAB custody because of his involvement in corruption cases. in connection to corruption cases.
Shehbaz Sharif was elected chairman of the PAC during a meeting of the committee at Parliament House in Islamabad on December 21.