ISLAMABAD – The leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Ghulam Sarwar Khan has finally own a legal battle of fake degree case in the Supreme Court of Pakistan as the highest apex court restored it membership of the National Assembly.
Advocate Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, representing Ghulam Sarwar, earlier said that the membership of his client had been suspended on a suo motu jurisdiction and argued that the court should not pass such an order unless there was adjudication by a court of competent jurisdiction.
In its ruling, the apex court observed that there was no justification for depriving constituents of NA-53 of their representative, especially when the Lahore High Court had already decided the dispute over the bachelor’s degree of Ghulam Sarwar in his favour.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali that had taken up the matter relating to election of Ghulam Sarwar Khan also sent a request to Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani to decide the scope and extent of suo motu jurisdiction.
The court vacated its earlier order and requested the chief justice to constitute a larger bench to decide about the extent and scope of suo motu jurisdiction.
Ghulam Sarwar Khan was elected from NA-53 Rawalpindi-IV, but the apex court suspended his membership on July 18 last year when his academic credentials were challenged by petitioner Raja Qamar.