Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday approved the plea filed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's counsel and granted a week-long time to Sharif's counsel to prepare arguments in a case pertaining to determination of the time period of parliamentarian's disqualification under Article 62 (1)(f) of the constitution.
A five-member larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, is hearing the case to determine the duration of disqualification of elected officials on violation of Article 62 (1)(f) and other related laws.
The chief justice accepted the plea and directed Nawaz's counsel to come prepared next week.
He said that his client was de-notify in 2013 over rejection of his 2008 general election nomination papers.
The court also declared on Tuesday senior advocate Muneer A Malik and Barrister Ali Zafar as amicus curiae (friend of the court), whereby they will assist the bench in the case.
He stated that Article 62 (1)(f) does not give punishment which is mentioned in Article 63 of the Constitution.
However, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh said if we accept this interpretation then Article 62 will be redundant.
She said Maryam made the most adverse remarks about the five judges who handed down disqualification to Sharif. He said that the Constitution is based on fundamental rights and lifelong disqualification is a violation of basic human rights.
"The state minister said it was just propaganda that the constitutional amendment was passed to make Nawaz Sharif the head of the PML-N". Before the 18th amendment, past mistakes in conduct would result in disqualification for life, he added.
Both leaders were disqualified by the Supreme Court under Article 62 (1)(f) which asserts that a parliamentarian should be "sadiq and ameen" (honest and righteous).
Sharif and Tareen were disqualified under the Article 62 (1)(f) for lifetime for being dishonest.
He blamed the country's highest court for his removal from the office and stated that the evidence found against him in the Panama Paper leaks case was "false and imaginary".