Nawaz Sharif now can challenge Panama verdict under Supreme Court Bill 2023
March 29, 2023 09:49 PM
The Supreme Court Bill 2023 has enabled ex-PM Nawaz Sharif and others disqualified by the top court suo moto to appeal their disqualification.
According to the 24NewsHD TV channel, the lower house of parliament on Wednesday unanimously passed the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure), Bill 2023, restricting suo moto powers of the chief justice.
As the National Assembly approved the bill, an amendment was also added to it which was proposed by a lawmaker from Waziristan Mohsin Dawar. The new amendment makes major differences in suo motu notices and punishments announced by the court can now be challenged.
The three-time former prime minister Sharif was shown the door for life back in 2017 when the Supreme Court bench disqualified him under Article 184(3) for hiding assets and hiding other financial matters including alleged salary.
PML-N leader, who is living in self-exile in London, sought a review of the judgment in 2017 but to no vain, however, with this amendment, Nawaz and other complainants can challenge the judgments under Article 184(3).
Besides PML-N chief, former prime minister and PPP leader Yousaf Raza Gillani and estranged PTI leader Jahangir Tareen can also file a review plea against their disqualification within 30 days of the law's enactment.