Wanted to abolish article 62, 63 but Nawaz opposed it: PPP’s Khursheed Shah

Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said on Tuesday that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was planning to abolish articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution while passing the 18th Amendment [in 2010] but Nawaz Sharif deemed it a conspiracy.

Talking to the media, the PPP leader claimed Nawaz wanted to use the controversial law against PPP supremo Asif Ali Zardari.

Shah said the three-time premier ousted by the Supreme Court should not have taken out his GT Road rally last week but instead reflected on his past.

He suggested that the removal or amendment of the said clauses should be taken up by a new assembly with a new mandate.

The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif as the prime minister on July 28 under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution over his failure to disclose un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from a UAE-based company.

It stated that he was not ‘honest’ and ‘truthful’, as per the country’s Constitution.

On August 8, the new prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, hinted at bringing an amendment in Article 62-1(f) of the Constitution, which requires a public representative to be “Sadiq and Ameen” (truthful and honest).

Speaking to anchorperson Hamid Mir on Geo News’ ‘Capital Talk’, Abbasi had said his government, together with the opposition, may bring a constitutional amendment bill to amend article 62.

Earlier, during a rally in Chitral, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto said Nawaz wanted to use articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution against his political opponents which is why he opposed the PPP’s attempts to do away with the law.

“We had repeatedly said that the law was introduced by a dictator and is against the spirit of the Constitution but Nawaz Sharif did not budge. Now he himself has fallen prey to it,” Bilawal had said.


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