The Supreme Court of Pakistan has announced its verdict on the petition filed by Shakeel Awan seeking disqualification of Sheikh Rasheed, chairman Awami Muslim League (AML), giving him clean chit to hold office.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed headed three-member bench including Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Faez Isa has announced the verdict. The verdict was reserved by the court on March 20, 2018.
The case was filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Shakeel Awan seeking disqualification of AML chief. Shakeel, who happens to be a relative of PTI’s Babar Awan, lost the 2013 general election against Sheikh Rasheed in the constituency of Rawalpindi.
According to the case’s details, Shakeel Awan claimed that Sheikh Rasheed had mis-declared his assets while filling the nomination papers and owned the error as well.
During the hearing, The Shakeel Awan’s counsel had argued before the Supreme Court that it is necessary to accurately declare all asset’s details before contesting general elections, according to the Representation of People’s Act 1976 (ROPA).
On the other hand, the counsel of Sheikh Rasheed had stated that his client didn’t conceal anything, admitting that his client had owned the mistake in valuing his assets while filling up nomination papers.