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SC asks attorney general to help define sadiq, ameen

24 October, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court, while hearing the prime minister's disqualification case on Thursday, sought opinion from the attorney general to define the terms, sadiq (truthful) and ameen (trustworthy), hitherto unexplained in the constitution.

The two-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja was hearing a petition filed by PTI and PML-Q leaders.

Justice Khawaja asked the attorney general to inform the court about government's point of view regarding definition of sadiq and ameen as it was essential to interpret Article 62, 63 and 66 of the constitution. The judge observed that the issue has been raised for the first time after the enactment of the 18th Amendment.

Justice Khawaja also asked the attorney general to explain the point that before the 18th Amendment, the National Assembly speaker had the right to decide about any member's disqualification but after the 18th Amendment, the speaker has the option to give his decision against any member after a court verdict.

The attorney general told the bench that the apex court has formed a larger bench to review the election matters, including this point.

Irfan Qadir, counsel for the petitioners, told the bench that only a three-member bench and not a two-member bench can hear this case. Later, the case was adjourned for one week.


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