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Article 62 case: Nawaz Sharif's lawyer appear before SC.

The legal counselor of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before Supreme Court in Article 62 case.

Larger bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar is hearing the petition to determine disqualification under Article 62(1)(f).

As the hearing resumed Nawaz's lawyer-Azam Tarrar-requested the apex court to give him three days to prepare the case.

"I got the notice yesterday evening hence I need some time to go through the case," he said. The apex court granted him requested days and asked him to come prepared on next Monday.

Yesterday, The bench appointed senior lawyers Munir A Malik and Barrister Ali Zafar as amicus curea (friend of court).

The court had issued a notice to former PM Nawaz Sharif and former PTI general secretary Jehangir Tareen, but no one appeared on behalf of Nawaz Sharif . Tareen, however, appeared in person.

The Supreme Court therefore issued a press release on Tuesday, which said: 'It is notified for information of the general public that cases involving interpretation/determination of the question of temporary or permanent bar to contest elections after incurring of disqualification under any provision of the Constitution or the election laws have been fixed for hearing before five-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan at Islamabad. The hearing has commenced from today [Tuesday] at 9am.'

It further said: 'Therefore if any person including any voter or member or leader of any political party who may consider it likely to be affected by the decision of the aforesaid cases in one way or another may approach the Supreme Court, if so advised in his own interest or in the public interest to seek permission to be heard in the matter.'

'This publication may be treated as court notice to all concerned for all intents and purposes, and if no one appears, the matter will be decided ex-parte. Whether they come or not [for the proceedings] is up to them," Justice Nisar added.

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Publication:The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Jan 31, 2018
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