ISLAMABAD: It has become a tradition to overthrow a government by monetary influence, Judge Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said in a presidential reference hearing on the interpretation of Article 63A on Tuesday. He said the process of overthrowing the government through the horse deal should be stopped.
The five-member bench, led by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, resumed hearings on the President’s reference to the interpretation of Section 63A, according to the details.
PTI lawyer Babar Awan argues that even those who do not pay their utility bills are not eligible for membership. If the period of disqualification is not fixed, it is lifetime.
In response, Judge Jamal Khanman Dohail asked if any of the disqualified candidates paid their bills before the next election, and if the disqualifications were still valid.
Meanwhile, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said that disqualification would end after paying the bill. Disqualification is for life only under Article 62(1)(f), he added.
He explained that disqualification will remain until the court declares it to end, but non-payment of utility bills will not result in disqualification for life. Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan further responded to the PTI lawyer’s stance adding that we’ve taken note of your point. You are saying that if the period for disqualification is not declared then it will result in disqualification for life.
The justice remarked that do you want Article 63A to be made so strict that no one can deviate?
In addition, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail said that different punishments for crime have been given in the law. Can the court extend the sentence by even one day? Article 63A provides a forum for action against deviant members, he said.
The court adjourned the hearing until 12 noon tomorrow (Wednesday).