ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday reserved the verdict in the case pertaining to the lifetime disqualification of lawmakers under Article 62(1)(F) of the Constitution after arguments were completed. While reserving the verdict, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa said that a short order would be announced soon. A seven-member larger bench — headed by CJP Isa and comprising Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Aminuddin Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, and Justice Musarrat Hilali — conducted the hearing. The apex court had taken notice of contradictions regarding the duration of disqualification in the Election Act, 2017, and an apex court verdict during a past hearing on a petition filed by former PML-N provincial lawmaker Sardar Meer Badshah Khan Qaisrani last month. Qaisrani had challenged his lifetime disqualification over a fake degree in 2007. Proceedings were broadcast live on SC’s website and YouTube channel.  In the previous hearing on Thursday, CJP Isa remarked that disqualifying anyone for life from parliament was “against Islam”, adding that the court was seeking “clarity” on whether the disqualification period for a lawmaker was five years — as per the amendment in Election Act 2017 — or a lifetime ban under the aforementioned article which deals with the criteria to contest elections. CJP Isa said that the solution to this matter is present in Islam. “The Holy Quran mentions that the status of humans is very high,” the top judge said, referring to a verse from Surah Sajdah which explains that human beings are not bad but their deeds are. “Disqualifying anyone [for life] is against Islam,” he added.



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