New Law Paves Way For Nawaz, Jahangir To Challenge Disqualification

New Law Paves Way For Nawaz, Jahangir To Challenge Disqualification
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) supremo Nawaz Sharif and former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Khan Tareen have become eligible to file a plea against their disqualification as the Supreme Court Review of Judgements and Orders Bill, 2023, has become law after getting signed by PTI-backed President Arif Alvi.

It is pertinent to mention here that President Alvi assisted the government in drafting the legislation and signed the bill on Friday. The move has cleared the path for Nawaz Sharif and Jahangir Tareen to file an appeal against their disqualification.

During the hearing regarding the Punjab polls case today, Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Awan informed the Supreme Court that the scope of review of the decisions filed under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution has been widened.

In view of the new law, the larger bench will hear revision petitions under Article 184(3).

The attorney general informed a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial, which was hearing the ECP's review petition against the April 4 order, about the development. Now there will be a revision hearing under the new law.

The National Assembly passed the "Supreme Court (Review of Judgements and Orders) Bill, 2023," which aims to provide a right of appeal under Article 184 of the Constitution. This right was not available in the past. The bill states that a revision petition can be filed within 60 days of the passing of the original order. The law will also apply retroactively.

On July 28, 2017, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif stepped down after the Supreme Court disqualified him.

The verdict was announced in a case instigated by the "Panama Papers" leaks related to alleged corruption during his previous two terms in office.

The five-member bench of the Supreme Court announced the verdict to a packed courtroom.

On the other hand, on December 15, 2017, former PTI leader Jahangir Tareen was disqualified by the apex court for being "dishonest".

The verdict was announced in Courtroom No. 1 by a three-judge bench comprising then-chief justice Nisar, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, and Justice Faisal Arab.