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The petitioner has contended that a convicted person cannot hold the prime minister’s office. — File Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: Advocate Muhammad  Azhar Siddique on Thursday submitted a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking the disqualification of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, DawnNews reported.

The petitioner has contended that a convicted person cannot hold the prime minister’s office.

He further added that neither Speaker National Assembly Fehmida nor the Election Commission of Pakistan has any role in this regard. Siddique’s petition says that the prime minister stood disqualified after the application of Article 63(1)(g), which is “a self executor provision” and does not need implementation “through any subordinate legislation or through Article 63(2) or Article 63(3) of the Constitution.”

“It is a case forfeiture of sacred trust proposed in the prime minister and in the Cabinet by entire population of the country and therefore, the prime minister and Cabinet has lost their right to rule as held in 1972 SC 139(182),” the petition stated.

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