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PM to get clean chit in disqualification reference

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) Secretariat and Law Ministry have held hands to exonerate Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a preclusion reference sent to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The NA Secretariat took a reasonable position against the reference moved by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for preclusion of the head administrator under Article 63 of the constitution as his name surfaced in Panama spills. NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq has rejected the reference and said that this reference does not fall under Article 63.

The ECP has no energy to revive the reference or change the speaker’s decision. The decision can be tested in the court yet the commission can’t continue against Nawaz as the speaker’s decision is incomparable, sources included. The NA Secretariat stood firm that the PTI’s immediate reference in the ECP has no legitimate or protected significance since reference against any administrator can be traveled through the speaker’s office The speaker needed to take a choice on the reference in 30 days or else it would naturally turn into the ECP’s property, sources elucidated.

The ECP will undoubtedly make a move on references against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Secretary General Jehangir Khan Tareen, in light of the fact that the speaker has given a decision that these references are as indicated by law. Then again, the ECP has been informed that it has no locale to make a move against the PM, sources said.

Law Secretary Karamat Niazi has told the Public Accounts Committee that it has no power to research the matter. Curiously, the NA Secretary supported Niazi in spite of PAC Chairman Khursheed Shah’s deciding that PAC can explore this uber defilement embarrassment.