ISLAMABAD: Justice Umar Ata Bandial, while hearing an election matter along with Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed, said on Wednesday that Article 62(1)f did not apply to a person who obtains a loan from a bank and does not return it in time.
He said that delays in bank loan refunds could be for any reason.
The court granted permission to the respondent to appoint a lawyer at the request of petitioner Yaqub Sheikh.
Justice Bandial asked does the decision of the tribunal state that 62 (1) F applies to the petitioner. He asked the petitioner whether he cleared his financial issues.
The counsel for petitioner said that his client obtained four loans from different banks and three of which had been paid off.
He said the tribunal had written against his client that he was not ‘righteous and trustworthy’ according to Article 62(1)f.
He said that Rashida Yaqub was disqualified under Article 62(1)f but his client was not.
Justice Bandial said that the Supreme Court (SC) had already given its verdict in this regard.
Justice Ahmed said that it was impossible to get permission to contest re-election after the apex court’s decision.
Tariq Akram, a respondent in the case, pleaded the court to grant time to hire a counsel as he could not hire a lawyer due to coronavirus pandemic.
The court adjourned hearing till date in office after allowing Akram to hire a counsel.