Karachi (July 31, 2017: Sindh High Court may hear a petition challenging PMLN’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s candidature for prime minister hours before the polling scheduled at the National Assembly at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
The petition filed by Justice Helpline asks the court to stop Abbasi from contesting the election for prime minister saying that he is ineligible to contest the election because an enquiry initiated by NAB in 2015 named Khaqan Abbasi as one of the suspect, counsel of the petitioner Nadeem Shaikh advocate argues in the petition. However, on the behest of the high authorities this enquiry was suddenly closed in 2016.
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The petition pleads the court to order re-opening of the enquiryand hand it over to ths JIT established by the Supreme Court.
In addition, the petition argues, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is also ineligible to be elected prime minister because as the owner of private Air Blue airlines and he has abstained extended any help to the families of the travelers who died aircraft crash.
The fact that names of all the important officers in all the departments wfunctioning under Ministry of Petroleum proves corruption in Petroleum Ministry which was headed by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during the tenure of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif. A person who failed to run a ministry could not be eligible to be the prime minister of the country, the petition argues.
This is the second petition filed today challenging Khaqan’s eligibility to contest the election for prime minister today.
Earlier today a petition was filed against the prospective Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry here on Monday. One, Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi, has moved to the apex court challenging the qualification of PML-N prime ministerial candidate. The petitioner has stated that corruption references were pending in Nation Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The petitioner further said that corruption scandal in LNG import was also under investigation at NAB against Abbasi. He prayed the court to restrain Abbasi from contesting the election of Prime Minister.
It is to be mentioned here that PML-N has nominated Abbasi as successor of Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister of Pakistan for the interim period during which Shahbaz Sharif will contest by-election on NA-120 seat to replace him.