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Babar Awan's opinion: Nawaz Sharif no longer prime minister

Updated Apr 21, 2017 01:05am


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Dr Babar Awan, lawyer of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman, in an interview on Thursday said that in his legal opinion, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif “was no longer the premier of Pakistan” as per the Supreme Court's verdict on Panamagate case.

Awan added that he was satisfied with the split judgement given by the apex court.

The court's short order can be read here.

The drawn out SC case to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for allegedly misleading the nation on his family's involvement in corrupt practices, as outlined in the Panamagate scandal, ended Thursday with the court ordering the formation of a Joint Investigation Team to probe how the family's money was transferred to Qatar.

The final verdict was split 3-2 among the five-judge bench, with two dissenting notes from Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Gulzar Ahmed. Justice Ejaz Afzal authored the majority opinion in the 540-page verdict.

Awan, in his interview on ARY News, said he is proud of the Pakistani people, the political workers and the media for "successfully" pursuing the issue, adding that in his opinion, the three judges who formed the majority opinion have "in a way, reserved their judgement".

The lawyer added that the majority had not "over-ruled" what the two dissenting judges have said.

Awan further said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is legally bound to pursue a case of corruption against the prime minister as per Justice Khosa's “order" in the dissent, adding that even though it was a split judgement, both opinions carry "equal significance".

By similar reasoning, Awan said, PM Nawaz is "no longer" the premier of Pakistan.

"He is not my prime minister. He is not the prime minister of Pakistan either. He is only the prime minister of N-League," Awan said.

The PTI counsel further argued that it is because of the weight the dissenting opinion holds, that the opposition "for the first time has unanimously demanded that the PM resigns".

Read more: Imran, Zardari demand PM's resignation: 'What is Nawaz celebrating?'

Awan also said the bench has not given a "clean chit" to the accused.

"The federal government is investing all its money to save one man," he said, claiming the PML-N is pouring the "country's wealth" in campaigning for the upcoming election.


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Qadir ali Apr 21, 2017 12:38am

I agree with him a convicted in JIT can never be a P.M

Salmam Apr 21, 2017 12:43am

Make sense!

Sixer From Chakwal Apr 21, 2017 12:48am

Babar is spot on, He is no more a prime minister morally and legally

ali Apr 21, 2017 12:48am

@Salmam - not to Nawaz Sharif

Arshad Apr 21, 2017 12:52am

Exactly, should leave principally from his chair.

Salmam Apr 21, 2017 01:06am

@ali nothing make sense to him except mone!

Dil Dil Pakistan, Toronto, Canada Apr 21, 2017 01:13am

Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan has the same opinion as Babar Awan. Nawaz Sharif stands disqualified, and should step down in the best interest of the country.

Saif Zulfiqar Apr 21, 2017 01:42am

Lawyers understand judgements better than ordinary citizens. Nawaz is no more PM of the country and should step down.

Saif Zulfiqar Apr 21, 2017 01:46am

What if Nawaz does not step down?

OZ Apr 21, 2017 02:00am

If the opposition parties i.e PPP, PTI, JI and MQM (Pakistan) want PM to resign, why not bring the vote of no confidence against him in the national assembly.

mians shoaib Apr 21, 2017 02:02am

@Qadir ali How Convicted?

mians shoaib Apr 21, 2017 02:03am

@Salmam only to Babar Awan

observer Apr 21, 2017 03:08am

How will Mian Nawaz Sharif meet with foreign leaders and dignitaries after this verdict. He may feel comfortable but Pakistanis may not feel comfortable having a PM that is facing investigations for corruption and two SC judges out of five have unequivocally disqualified him. He may be a prime minister even after this verdict in legal sense, but morally and ethically speaking he should step down without waiting for investigation by JIT that may help him politically.

Azmeen Apr 21, 2017 04:49am

Reality: SC has not deseated NS in spite of 550 pages of decision. All others are options.

Tahir Mahmood Apr 21, 2017 05:12am

What is credibility of Babar Awan with fake degree of doctorate?

Princess_of_DHUMP Apr 21, 2017 05:50am

Fake PhD Babar Awan who's "legal expertise" brought PPP down now doing the same to PTI. More power to you sir!

Muhammad zafar iqbal Apr 21, 2017 05:55am

It's not new revelation by Mr.Babar or some others , in their opinions and whims NS is no P.M from day one since he had taken oath but it's ground realty that NS is still PM and will remain until he is enjoying majority in NA .

Miqbal rangoonwala Apr 21, 2017 06:24am

What a country

W Shaikh Apr 21, 2017 06:44am

It is very sad and tragic people still give any credibility to a man who has no personal and professional integrity. he is the same Babar Awan who distributed the sweet at the execution of ZA Bhutto. He is the same Babr Awan who was a right-hand man of Zardari. He is the sam same Babar Awan who had a fake Ph.D. degree.

Hafeez, Canada Apr 21, 2017 07:08am

Agree 100%. Almost all judges agree PM is not Sadiq and Ameen. Reading justice Khosa's remarks can easily justify that he is no longer a PM.

Talha Apr 21, 2017 07:41am

Even the other three judges have seriously criticized the Sharif clan for not providing any evidence what so ever. The other two have disqualified him directly. Nawaz Sharif is not the Prime Minister morally and legally too his position is extremely dubious. Who would consider a man his PM who has done nothing to prove his innocence in the court of law? Nawaz Sharif would adversely effect the JIT. How can he allow FIA, SECP, NAB and people from other institutes who are his employees to directly question him in the JIT? How can the position of PM be associated with someone who has a JIT. Uzair baloch has a JIT too! Nawaz Sharif should immediately resign for the sake of Pakistan's image. If the Sharif clan could not provide evidence since 1 year, it won't provide evidence under an 'impartial' JIT either.

Qamar Apr 21, 2017 08:13am

Who is living on principles here. A change from grass-root level needed.

Arif Apr 21, 2017 08:36am

Sorry mister but he is

shah G Apr 21, 2017 08:49am

Logical analysis of Babar Awan

Ahmed bin Babar Apr 21, 2017 09:00am

He should take new vote from the parliament to legitimize his position...

Shahid LatiF Apr 21, 2017 09:21am

This man was defending Zardari' corruption with same fervor

yasmin Apr 21, 2017 09:29am

he should step down

JKhan Apr 21, 2017 10:45am

This is what any man with dignity and integrity would expect. But both these virtues are alien to Mr Nawaz Sharif.