Justice Ghulam Rabbani will replace Justice Sabhiuddin Ahmed as the fifth judge after his sudden death
A five-member bench comprising Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Mohammad Moosa K Leghari, Justice Sheikh Hakim Ali and Justice Sabhiudin Ahmed has already restored PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif as Chief Minister of Punjab on March 31, a day before the provincial assembly was called to choose his successor to the office which he had lost as a consequence of a decision by the court on February 25.
Justice Ghulam Rabbani will replace Justice Sabhiuddin Ahmed as the fifth judge after his sudden death.
`We direct that till final disposal of the main petitions under review, the operation of February 25, 2009 shall remain suspended and the petitioner (Shahbaz Sharif) shall assume the chief minister office with immediate effect,` the bench had held while handing down the unanimous but detailed order after day’s proceedings on the petition moved by Shahbaz Sharif requesting to grant status quo ante.
Apart from Sharif brothers, those who filed the review petitions include the federal government, speaker Punjab Assembly, the proposer and seconder of Sharif brothers’ in the by-elections namely Mehr Zafar Iqbal and Shakeel Baig.
Renowned lawyer Abid Hasan Minto is representing Nawaz Sharif whereas former Advocate General Punjab Khawaja Haris will appear on behalf of Shahbaz Sharif.
While restoring the government of Shahbaz Sharif, the Supreme Court had also held that it could not remain oblivious of the likely inconvenience and the irreparable loss which would accrue to the petitioner (Shahbaz Sharif).
In his petition Nawaz Sharif has pleaded that the February 25 (Supreme Court) order (of disqualifying the Sharif brothers’) suffers from a jurisdiction error apparent on face of the record and requested the apex court to recall its verdict on disqualification by reviewing it.