SC discards petition seeking CM’s Sindh disqualification

KARACHI: On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan discarded t a petition seeking the disqualification of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on the grounds that the petitioner had failed to produce enough arguments to satisfy the court.

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Headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, a three member bench  comprising of Justice Muneeb Akhtar and Justice Yahya Afridi, heard a petition filed by Roshan Ali Buriro of the Sindh United Party demanding that Shah be disqualified on account of his dual nationality.

Honorable Judge of the bench,  Justice Bandial pointed out that the Sindh chief minister had renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2013, therefore, he could not be disqualified on those grounds.

Moreover, the top court observed that the petitioner’s intent was questionable as he was a political opponent of Shah.

“The prima facie [grounds for] disqualification are not clear in this case,” Justice Bandial declared.

Buriro had earlier filed a similar appeal with a returning officer that had been turned down. He had then approached the Sindh High Court which also dismissed his petition. Following the high court’s decision, the petitioner approached the top court.

“Why was the petition filed in the high court when a legal forum is available?” Justice Muneeb asked.

“Everyone keeps filing appeals for disqualification of office bearers in high courts or the Supreme Court,” he regretted.

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